Bagani asks his mother why his father has to hurt the baby. He does not buy her explanation that the child will grow up to threaten his father’s power, and insists that it’s just a helpless little baby. So he gets a lecture on how the baby is like a wild animal that can look very cute and helpless when it is little, but that will bite him, perhaps even fatally, when it grows up. [Note: I am loving Ayen Munji-Laurel in her role as Mangubat's wife. Perhaps it's the costume; perhaps it's the knowledge that she was once also a real-life princess. Who married one of my favorite guys to crush on! Although she looks like a loving mother, she seems to totally subscribe to the stuff she's telling her child. Perhaps being the Rajah's wife requires a bit of hardness? Then again, this was a time when the old laws prevailed, survival of the fittest, an eye for an eye.]
Dal’lang gets her things together, preparing to run away. She is forestalled by Agang, who reminds her that they are slaves, the property of the datu. If she runs away and gets caught, she would be severely punished and it would not be good for her child. If, on the other hand, raiders catch her, her child would also grow up a slave. If she stays, her child would be born a timawa or freeman.
Mangubat bids farewell to his family. He especially tells Bagani to take care of his mother, his warrior brothers, and his binukot sisters. A lot to lay on the shoulders of a little boy, but Bagani accepts it gravely. Mangubat and his men then sail away in their caracoas, and man, they are a beautiful sight.
Dal’lang receives a summons from Dian Lamitan. She finds her mistress on the beach, negotiating with the Indonesian traders, having sold Dal’lang to them for some gold. Bugna’s brother Awi intervenes however, saying that although Lamitan can sell Dal’lang, she cannot sell the child in Dal’lang’s womb, who is not only a freeman but the child of a datu. According to their law, while Dal’lang carries the child she cannot be sold. Later, the Datu thanks his brother for intervening, and Awi says that he did it to keep peace between the datu and his wife, since Bugna would be very angry at Lamitan if he found out that Dal’lang had been sold. He then exacts a promise from the datu to never take up with Dal’lang again.
Agang wonders why Lamitan is so angry at Dal’lang when it is legal and customary for the datu and the free men to take lovers and even other wives. Dal’lang however says that she understands how Lamitan must feel to have a rival. She thinks the situation must be very hard for Lamitan to take. For Dal’lang, her only consolation now is her child.
Meanwhile, Mangubat is walking in the forest, and comes upon a woman holding a big snake, her back to him. He challenges her, asking if she is the one destined to destroy him. When he throws his spear at her, however, she disappears, and instead a giant snake leaps at him and