I have to say, if I'd known Ax was capable of knocking a door off its hinges with nothing but brute force, I'd have been a lot more respectful towards her when we first met! Anyway, all that aside, she found Puck and we have a new human friend called Caterina. I'm guessing they managed to lift Cardinal's spell off her somehow.
That said, we still have no idea where Highfire, Kerstine and Toni are. In all honesty, I can't say I'd regret Kerstine's not being with us...except I'd really like to have someone like that on my side as opposed to Cardinal's.