The Black Whale sets off for the Dark Continent. It will take 2 months, passing through regular waters before entering the more volatile conditions in Lake Mobius. It will make a nominal stop at a new continent to avoid public outcry and then it will head to the dark waters. The different parties on the ship are working out their various affairs. Kurapika and the other guards find the exsanguinated corpse of Woody, a guard. Kurapika demands to know if the guards can use Nen, but they all claim they haven't even heard of it. Some guards chastise Kurapika for mentioning Nen, believing that their mission was simply to protect Queen Oito and Prince Woble.
The royal family attends a banquet, with the royal attendees believing that they will kill their siblings and win. Prince Kacho, Melody's employer, forms an alliance with Prince Fugetsu and acts like a diva; the latter action is discovered by Melody to be a facade. Kurapika comes across more murdered guards, prompting him to use his chain and interrogate the people in the room.
The other recruited Hunters in Prince Woble's (14th) quarters were not informed about the Succession Battle.
Five of Queen Oito's (8th) royal guards are dead after having their blood drained from their bodies.
Prince Kacho (10th) is planning to work together with her twin sister Prince Fugetsu (11th) to kill the other princes. If they're the only two left, she plans to convince their father to let Fugetsu live.