The adventurers set out with Mr. French to assist in the procurement of bhutan spice from a tribe of Hill Martians who also herded udulaant, and to familiarize themselves with the gashants they would ride during their upcoming expedition.
The group had their first encounter with Hill Martians (with the exception of Miss Walker, pleased to be again among them) and were honored to dine with their guests. Unfortunately, while Miss Walker was sufficiently enured to Hill Martian cuisine, her comrades were for the most part distressed by the heavily-spiced dishes.
Upon their return to Syrtis Major, rations, water, beasts of burden, medicines, and ammunition were procured for the expedition through negotiations with Mr. Witherscomb. Specialty items included tobacco, whiskey, field glasses and even some dynamite.