This year the Progress Meter folks offer static images that keep the amount you wrote at the time you posted. This should match the one on my previous post, now. However when I post the next chapter, the next one will go up, the previous will go up, and this one will record what my words were on this day!
As for what happens in Chapter 2, the Necromancer discovers his left vambrace gone, argues a lot with his ghosts and then signs on the elven ship Golden Wavedancer as "Windmaster" or ship's magician to chase after the Leftmost Star, the ship that has the loot. He chose that instead of chasing the Barry Swain that carries the thief away out of the novel, and it was a conscious choice of rescue or vengeance. I had fun with that especially when the ghost that told him the choice was more for vengeance!