Rey and Tsuki discover much about Dragonlord Yagami while reading through Cunning and Subterfuge. Yagami and his siblings supposedly dwelt in The Astral Plane before coming to the material plane and warred amongst the other Dragonlords for control of Akundin. Yagami claims to have killed his father, Shuulgar, to secure his power. The end of the book seems to contain details on Rahn‘s possession of the book. Rahn seems to have stolen it from Yagami’s lair, in the mountains between Chayundo and Kerdova.
While the party waits for the vanguard to arrive, The Spectre has a dream in which he experiences the last moments of the previous patriarch of House Valeng. His grandaughter Qara had just been born and he looks out across Lexinfa to see Dragonlord Ashekani’s enormous temple. A blue-eyed assassin appears, slices his throat, and the dream ends.
On the second day Chen arrives, with a huge flail snail in tow. Rey begins to hug and speak to the exotic creature. Chen tells the group that he found the closed portal that Rahn had used to bring the goliaths into The Rift. Around the entrance he found the flail snail, apparently having gotten lost in the material plane. Rey offers to send it to live in The Lifeweaver’s Demiplane with Kerok, which Chen agrees to.
The next night The Spectre has another dream, this one beginning in The Ethereal Plane. He sees an enormous sun-like body of light rapidly circling high above him, and below that circle two large jellyfish-like entities, seemingly the progenitors of the flumphs. The Spectre is pulled backwards into The Faewilds, and then into The Elemental Plane of Water. He stands on the shore of a ship-wreck stricken beach and Ajaakor warns him to resist the temptation of the psionicists and their masters. The Spectre is then pulled backwards into mist and wakes up.
The next morning a sand-elf vanguard reaches the group and brings Turiel Dust-Born to the group.
They ask him several questions about Sahri’s latest dream and what The Fire Queen told them. He says that The Vengeant killed Und to try to save his daughter , Aliza, although apparently he failed. Turiel also tells the group that The World Council immediately prior to The Scourge was composed of: Emperios, Naldarai, and Selene the elves, Ferahna and Falkettan the humans, and Suraphinon and Tomyra the sphinxes. When asked, Turiel confirms that the entity now known as The Violet Empress is the only still-living sphinx of Ahlim, Tomyra. Turiel says that Emperios was responsible for The Scourge, and that they’re now known as The Outsider. Additionally, Turiel says that the two pyramids of Minauros were built to foster balance and stability in Ahlim, but that The Obsidian Pyramid, built to maintain order, is missing. The Spectre is aware that that pyramid resides in The Deep Ethereal Plane.
The group travel with Turiel back to find a mage to transport them back to Vikkyn. That night The Spectre speaks with the spirit in his amulet, who he has realised is councillor Naldarai. The Spectre asks what part Naldarai had in The Scourge, and he says that what he and the other councillors did was to prevent a worse disaster. He claims that a powerful entity called The Destroyer, who commands The Anathema was going to destroy Ahlim, but The Outsider stopped him by sacrificing much of Cleon. Naldarai says that another plan was enacted by the other three councillors, but that their plan is only a half-measure, and that The Outsider did what needed to be done.
The group soon find themselves back in Vikkyn and take part in raucous celebrations, with Rey performing their deeds on-stage to a crowd of thousands. Rakshasa performs with Rey, dancing in a cage. Lorabelios The Angel of Hope, having been revived joins in some of the celebrations, and Elena and her bear Rinn join in too. Tsuki spends time with Jinx and Ana, running about the city with a posse of cats. Ghesh collects money for his church from the thankful dark elves.
The next day a meeting is called with the group and the leaders where they discuss the events of the last week. The party tell them that the ogres are heading further into the underdark, likely to join up with Demogorgon. Gevuron Silver-Hand tells the party that the cults of Lady Midnight, Yeenoghu, and Demogorgon have been more active lately on the surface. Gevuron says that his church is willing to renovate and reinforce Rakshasa’s estate to serve as a base for the group. The group consents to this idea.