Elmire and her son discuss their mother's role in the family's success. Elmire says that her mother is standing on the path to becoming the next lord, but that she is too young and inexperienced to succeed. He tells her that the day before, a coffin was left in front of Elmire's castle. When the coffin was opened, it was found to be full of the dead body of his daughter. He says that he and Elmire were the only two people in the castle who were not together, and that Elmire became a target for the enemy. He begs Elmire to find the killer.