Francesca encounters Calix Qintara in a tavern. The two engage in a brief flirtation before being interrupted by Magister Aramis. Later, Francesca returns to the tavern with her brother Florian to meet with Calix again. Before they can meet, they are interrupted by 'Magister Aramis' again. Aramis reveals that she is investigating Calix and House Qintara for possible links to the Venatori. While Florian and the magister are distracted, Francesca steals away to speak to Calix. Francesca admits her family was not certain whether Magister Qinatara was 'one with the cause' but is now convinced. She proposes House Qintara and House Invidus form an alliance against the Lucerni. To bind the agreement, she gives Calix a gift: a magical focusing stone. However, shortly afterwards, Calix is revealed to actually be an imposter and a con artist and is driven off by Florian and the Invidys household guards, with the focusing gem still in his possession.
Back in the Invidus estate, Florian chastises his sister for losing the gem to Calix. He further tells her that her naivety and lack of strategic thinking is the reason he and their father did not involve her with the Venatori, despite her impressive talents as a mage. Florian assures his sister that he will fix her mistake by taking back the gem and killing the thieves responsible before their father can find out. However, he is killed after confronting two Antivan Crows. Francesca later finds his body in an alley and vows to finish what he started.She heads to the Qintara estate to warn the Magister against the thieves, only to find out that the Magister has been dead for several years and is being impersonated by his former slave, Gaius. Before Gaius can kill her to keep his secret, Ser Aaron, Vaea and the thieves burst in and save her life. As the qunari invade Ventus and the Qintara estate, Francesca abandons her vengeance against Calix in exchange for safe passage out of the city. She safely escapes with Ser Aaron, Vaea, and Calix. Calix invites her to join their group as they get away from the burning city.