The Order of the Blackened Denarius have obtained a sword of the cross and carried it here (away from the ‘retired’ Knight and his troublesome allies). They are attempting a ritual that involves several days of preparation. The climax of the ritual is for an innocent person to be slaughtered within the circle of power by a sorcerer named Jet. They are currently corrupting him with promised power from the coin of Akariel.
Once the ritual is complete and the sword destroyed, Jet intends to be a willing partner to the Denarian within the coin.