The family of Waress was part of a temporary amnesty and coalition of some twenty Adwami tribes and families who - along with the Warleader and his mercenary army - had undertaken a major campaign against the Kingdom of the Thaumaturgs of northwestern Jacuruku. The combined Adwami forces having travelled to within striking distance of Isana Pura, the southern capital of the Thaumaturgs and their goal, all the heads of every family gathered with the Warleader for a final strategy council. Besides Waress, Prince Jatal of the Hafinaj and Princess Andanii of the Vehajarwi attended this meeting. Waress and another minor family head and Hafinaj ally, Jher-ef, having seen the arrival of Jatal, had immediately sought to enlist the support of the Prince for their own positions. Jatal, however, put Waress and Jher-ef off, saying that he wanted first to hear the views of the Warleader, their "hired expert".