Just as the Siege of Capustan was starting, the Barghast, Hetan and Cafal, petitioned for an audience before the Mask Council. Hetan started to speak, but Rath'D'rek angrily interrupted her arguing that she was just about to make the same claim that the Barghast had always made--that Capustan sat on land stolen from their tribe. But this time Rath'Burn, Rath'Hood, and Rath'Queen of Dreams detected an underlying meaning beneath the usual words. Rath'Shadowthrone quickly caught on, and Rath'Oponn shrieked that some members of the Council were keeping secrets from the others. A sneering Rath'Shadowthrone walked Rath'Oponn through the logic leading to his conclusion--that the Barghast sought the holy remains of their ancestors. Rath'Beru argued that the original barrows had been flattened and their contents scattered. But Rath'Queen of Dreams revealed that the relics had been gathered and stored in one place.
After the Council agreed to return the relics, discussion turned to the defense of the city against the Pannion Domin. Rath'Beru angrily demanded that the redoubts outside the city be held as long as possible by the Gidrath. Rath'Shadowthrone argued that anyone left to defend the redoubts was doomed to be slaughtered, and the city could not afford to lose them.