This volume introduces us to the majority of characters from the city of Liscor, including Senior Guardsman Relc Grasstongue and Senior Guardsman/Antinium Relvanator Klbkch, who are the first two characters to meet Erin at the Inn. Other Liscorians introduced in this chapter include Pisces, Olesm Swifttail, Krshia Silverfang, Selys Shivertail, Pawn, Ksmvr, Watch Captain Zevara Sunderscale, Rags, and Toren. From Celum, characters introduced include Fals, Garia Strongheart, Magnolia Reinhart, the Silver Swords, and the original Horns of Hammerad. From across the world, Flos has his debut, as well as the Americans.
The primary theme of this volume is on the growth of Erin, from being a new human with no friends in this new world into someone who begins to make a name for herself. Many of the early chapters deal with the minute details of day-to-day survival in a world with levels, magic, and monsters. It is during this chapter that several key parts of Erin's personality, such as her aversion to killing any monster, including Goblins, as well as her aptitude for playing Chess is introduced.
Significant events during this arc include the death of Klbkch at the hands of a Goblin Chieftain, the creation of the first Individual Antinium, and Skinner's Attack on Liscor.
Erin doesn't meet the second main character Ryoka within the first volume - the runner's story arc deals with her aggressively distrustful nature as she meets many powerful persons but cannot become friends with anyone. Significant events for her are her shattered leg, her avoiding talking to Magnolia and then her run into the High Passes where she meets Teriarch who tasks her with a delivery that proves too difficult on the first try.
Volume 1 of The Wandering Inn has been remade into a ebook that can be purchased on Amazon by Pirateaba. The ebook was published on August 1st, 2018.