To join the group, assent had to be given by all existing members. Also necessary was the answering of the "embarkation question" which queried where the would-be-Outler would be when the starliner took off.
Adric attempted to join the Outlers but did not answer the embarkation question to the liking of the group. Tylos reiterated that those of Elite status were also denied entry and pressed Varsh not to allow family bonds provide exceptions. In order to prove himself to the group, Adric agreed to steal riverfruit, but he failed.