Aaarrgh's secret is revealed when his kinsfolk come calling. But Vendel wants him to have a choice as to whether he goes home or remains in Trollmarket.
This episode contains examples of the following tropes:
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Strickler begs Jim for help, and says they have to work together so Angor doesn't hurt him and Barbara.
- Blind Mistake: A positive variant; Toby is able to pass off his "roommate" as a large Japanese exchange student.
- Big Damn Heroes: Aaarrrgh returns to the challenge just in time to prevent Jim from getting smushed between two of his kinsmen.
- Fictional Sport
- I Choose to Stay: Aaarrrgh, decides to go with his tribe but only AFTER he helps his friends take care of Gunmar and his forces.
- Internal Reveal: The team finds out that Aaarrrgh is slowly dying from the Sun Creeper poison and that he was hiding it so they wouldn't worry.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The second of the Triumbrial stones gives Jim a shield, just in time to help him in the challenge in the Forge.
- Long-Lost Relative: Aaarrrgh's queen and several other trolls of his kind come visiting because they are connected at some level and can sense he is unwell.
- Morton's Fork: The trolls know of no cure for Creeper Sun, so it's a case of if Aaarrrgh will die more quickly in Trollmarket, fighting evil, or slowly with his people. His queen is saddened that she cannot offer better.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- Vendel is one in that he argues that Aaarrrgh should have the choice of how he wants to spend his last days.
- The queen wants to take Aaarrrgh home so that he can have more time before the poison kills him. She makes it clear she will accept his choice after he wins the game, no matter how she mourns it.
- Take a Third Option: Aaarrrgh doesn't want to die, but he doesn't want to leave his friends and spend an eternity in darkess, waiting to become stone. So he promises that he will only go after Angor Rot and Strickler are defeated.
- You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: When Strickler comes out of the shadows to beg for help from Jim, he addresses Jim by his title rather than his name or the affectionate diminutive "Young Atlas".