Having returned from the the Lawstaff Quest, Tryggvi, Yaneg, and Veslmus debated where to conduct the court, eventually asking Garm the Red to host it at the Enhyli village. They summoned Bofrost, who eventually arrived with the Hillhaven Lawspeaker, Bolmer Eye-of-Justice, Killer Branduan, and others.
Bolmer argued that there was no evidence that the Vostangi had given their claim to Yaneg, but then the Vostangi ghosts suddenly entered the hall, unnerving the Hillhavens. Bolmer then argued that the dead cannot transmit claims to the living, but Yaneg masterfully out-argued them. Tryggvi’s ruling was complete; the Hillhaven lands and goods were to be given to the Orlmarth as compensation for the slaughter of the Vostangi. Yaneg offered to gift them back to the Hillhaven in return for a significant annual tribute that substantially improves the Orlmarth’s financial situation. The Vostangi Trial will quickly become the stuff of legend, since Rahl composed a poem about it.
In Fire Season, a mysterious fever spread through the clan, weakening almost everyone except Veslmus, who was sent to the Konthasos tula to seek the help of Ingund the White. She was able to alleviate the symptoms, but they always returned, leading her to think it was something more spiritual. Yaneg discovered that the Venebain demons were trying to escape from the Cinder Pits, and indeed they did. The clan was able to defeat them.
It was realized that the previous year’s ritual to keep the Venebain demons imprisoned had failed because it was improperly performed. Gordanger agreed to perform the Battle of Thrinbarri Clouds quest to re-imprison the demons. He succeeded, but returned from the quest badly burned.
Hrut and Morganeth approached the PCs and suggested that Gordanger would probably have to step down as chieftain. The two obvious candidates to replace him are Yaneg and Enderin. Hrut and Morganeth argued that Enderin would be likely to prosecute the feud with the Arnorings, which would bring the Orlmarth into direct conflict with the Lunars and perhaps Kangharl. He would also be the fourth chieftain in a row from the Hengistings, which they considered inappropriate. So they felt that Yaneg ought to make a serious bid to become the chieftain of the clan.