The group first encounters Baruk in Cherik while pursuing Lydon Bernhardt, who has fled with the Eye of Atamoni. Leon Magnus suggests speaking with the Oberon executive for any leads, but the group quickly realizes that the people of Calvalese are not kind toward strangers. Nonetheless, the group locates the local Oberon headquarters, and Leon exchanges friendly gestures with Baruk, who asks if the townspeople assisted in the group's finding their way around the town. Leon admits that the townspeople were not talkative in the least, but Baruk merely laughs, claiming the people of the region are historically "thick-headed" due to the Aeth'er Wars. Baruk then makes an obscure comment about the people of Calvalese being heroes before introducing himself to Leon's companions. Stahn Aileron compliments Baruk's involvement in the town, and Baruk modestly changes the subject to the group's mission, which he learned about through Hugo Gilchrist.