Citra and Rowan are sent an invitation to the Opera by Scythe Farady are asked to become apprentices to a Scythe.
"I just returned form Winter Conclave and have been given this ring so that I might take on an apprentice."
Citra and Rowan begin training.
Citra and Rowan go to their first Conclave, and Goddard says he doesn't think it's fair that 2 scythes should be accepted, and he says the one to become a scythe shall glean the loser. High Blade Xenocrates agrees.
Scythe Farady kills himself for the good of Rowan and Citra. He does that because he thinks if they are trained under different Scythes they both can become Scythes. Now Rowan and Citra must be trained under other Scythes. Citra is being trained under Scythe Curie, and Rowan is being trained under Scythe Goddard.
After researching on the Thunderhead Citra found some facts about Faraday. Citra finds out that Faraday is not dead , and faked his death so Citra and Rowan would be taken under different apprentices, and posiblyy both become Scythes!
When Citra's test concludes that she should become a Scythe she must glean Rowan. While wearing her ring she presses her ring to his lips in a punching motion. When the Scythe ring touches someone's lips that grants them immunity for a year. Although Rowan was supposed to die he will live for a year.