In Gilbert's puddle viewing at the beginning of book one, he sees the three loyals in dispeller chains. The puddle whispers 'Gray Hare Witch,' but the familiars mistake it for 'Gray Hair Witch,' and decide Agdaleen, the gray haired witch, must have the loyals as hostages. They travel to her cottage, but the loyals are not there.

Agdaleen casts an octopot spell on her cauldron, causing it to grow eight legs and try to drown the familiars. Aldwyn remembers how a three-leafed clover can ruin entire spells, and he drops one into the pot. It then drops the familiars and turns on Agdaleen. The familiars make an escape, but not before Aldwyn sees an anklet identical to Skylar's on her ankle.