ars eventually sets his sights on Toltus, where the Albanes and their son, Cress Albane, live. While Cress and his friend Chester Burklight hunt in South Forest, Mars and his troops raze the village in search of the pendant, slaughtering everyone within. Mars is unable to find the pendant, as Cress is holding it, and he leaves the village with its dead. Once he finds that Cress has escaped to Euclid with his pendant, Mars threatens Cress's uncle with the same fate Toltus befell to hand him over. Cress's uncle complies, and Mars imprisons Cress where he holds Mint after he takes the pendant.