March 26, 2013
Rakka's new companions introduce her to the building they live in, a vast, abandoned dormitory called Old Home. It is populated not only by the older Haibane, but also by numerous children referred to as the Young Feathers. Most of the adults then accompany Rakka into the nearby town of Glie, which is mainly populated by ordinary humans. The humans of the city are very kind to Haibane, but distant as well. Rakka learns that certain rules have been set down by an organization called the Haibane Renmei — for example, Haibane are required to work, and are only allowed to own second-hand items that humans have stopped using. They are also forbidden to use money; instead, they must write down their earnings and expenses in special notebooks provided by the Renmei. The town and local countryside are surrounded by an enormous wall through which only the mysterious traders called Toga can come and go. A masked figure called the Communicator is the one person allowed to speak with them, and then only through sign language. Rakka has an eerie feeling as she looks at the Communicator and at the birds near the walls.