In the aftermath of Evangeliza‘s execution, Tsuki searches the camp for the recipient of The Iron Flask. Unfortunately she doesn’t find anyone. Fortunately she is soon contacted by Khalida who says she has a gift for her. Tsuki arrives in a sun-lit clearing in the middle of the dreadmarshes. Khalida is dressed in an unusually extravagant fashion, with a beautiful silk dress and pristine jewelry. Khalida introduces Tsuki to the female aspect of the nemorian scorpion, who she has nicknamed “Pia”. Khalida gives Tsuki a vial of Pia’s venom and talks to her about how the group succeeded in High-Hill. Tsuki eventually reveals that she has a dragon in her flask, and that she’s supposed to give it to someone. Khalida is very curious and discusses how she would decide who to give it to, based on which dragon was trapped. Tsuki is hesitant to hand over such an important object but becomes more confident when Khalida says that she knows about Alexis and is opposed to The Ravens. Tsuki asks Khalida to bring the rest of the party to them so she can confer with them before handing over the flask. The group agree, and Khalida takes the flask. She inspects it for a minute, trying to confirm the dragon that’s in the flask. Khalida breaks down into tears when she realises it’s Hiromi The Platinum Dragon, saying that she had believed she was dead for a very long time. Ghesh becomes suspicious at this point, asking how old Khalida is, and who she is, really. Khalida reveals that she is actually Calee Valeng the middle daughter of the famous Three Sisters of Akundish history. This makes her more than four thousand years old although she has only been active for a few hundred of those. She confesses to Ghesh that she is the one who ended one of Ghesh’s earlier lives, about eight hundred years ago. As part of her apology she shows her experiences that immediately led up to that moment to Ghesh in his mind’s eye. Ghesh sees The Annerians and The Seer defending Ahlim against Zehan The Destroyer, who eventually sinks back beneath the sea. Khalida walks into the ocean, along the sea-bed. She passes through fields of crystals, contained within are many cultists of The Destroyer, including Caiphon. Khalida sees a frail, elderly man sleeping, with Jubilex and Enverna circling his form. She reaches out and touches the man’s forehead and relives thousands of years of experiences. She sees a man named Zehan arise on a distant world, becoming a king and then a god. However Zehan is a controlling god and a rebel arises, hoping to slay him. This rebel uses Sky-Sunder to split Zehan’s essence into three pieces, creating The Anathema. The Anathema channel Zehan’s power chaotically and consume world after world. After this vision, Khalida returns, confused to the shore, attacking Ghesh on sight.
Khalida brings the party to The Astral Plane so that Hiromi can be reunited with Jolibzan, her brother. The group arrive at a floating island that has the large cracked shells of Hiromi and Jolibzan, from thousands of years ago. Khalida opens the flask, releasing the colossal form of the Elder Platinum Dragon.
Khalida and Hiromi embrace, speaking quietly and excitedly with one another. Jolibzan soon arrives, also embracing the platinum dragon. They talk amongst themselves for a short time before adressing the party. Hiromi doesn’t know how to speak common and talks in an ancient dialect of draconic that Ghesh and Tsuki can barely understand. Nonetheless Khalida and Jolibzan translate, and they all thank the group. Hiromi says she was betrayed by the other elder dragons who imprisoned her in the flask, under the orders of Piro, of The Anathema. Jolibzan and her didn’t want to expand their territory, instead stabilising their rule in the wake of The Scourge. The other elder dragons were greedier and more ambitious however. Hiromi is pleased to hear that Jolibzan took care of her children and that they still live, although the party comment that Yagami is hardly a model child. Hiromi is curious about Ghesh, Alucard, and Tsuki, due to their draconic appearences. Hiromi says that the elder dragons had come up with a ritual to change their loyal human followers to dragonic forms, but that she didn’t think they would go through with it. Khalida embraces Tsuki, telling her she can have all the potions and poisons she wants. With that Hiromi and Khalida leave, with Jolibzan remaining with the group.
The party decide to track down the last ingredient of the ritual: the heart of a Demonlord. Jolibzan says he can get them to Yeenoghu’s territory of The Shadowfell. The night before this mission Rakshasa has a dream where she visits Graz’zt. Graz’zt is in a rage, however. Saying that not only has Asmodeus deserted him, but now Erinye has gone over to Lady Midnight‘s side. He gives her a new-forged blade, The Wave of Sorrows, that he wants her to slay Erinye with.
The party arrive in the bloodsoaked, corpse-ridden hills outside Yeenoghu’s cavernous lair. They’re attacked by a roaming horde of demons who almost defeat the party before fleeing. The group notice that the enemies they slay don’t turn to slime and smoke, they are killed permanently here in The Shadowfell.