Shrieking noises could be heard day and night in the southern jungles. Old fears awoke in the hearts of the Merfolk. The Avian menace had returned at the same time that passage through the Great Canal was disrupted. Izquitl sent forth her feathered warriors. The city of Tortuga was taken and renamed. The place became Hubru-Peche to the Avians, or New Roost in the Human tongue.
The Merfolk, not wanting to start a war with Hykma, began fervent negotiations to move an army through the Great Canal. The Hykmans delayed and blocked negotiations.