The Group take a long rest, with Priyanka removing the charm effects from the party. Meanwhile the Minotaur, who introduces themselves as Tolun, moves off to fight the rest of Rahn‘s creatures. When Tolun returns he thanks the group for their help and says that through their honour and skill they have passed the first test. Sahri hugs him and he gives her his magical greataxe, The Mazewalker’s Axe. Tolun says his sister, Prianyi Masheran, died last century and he has been guarding the maze for two centuries. He says his two older brothers oversee the next two tests and that he will escort them, but cannot aid the group.The Spectre Offers him a spot on his ship, Ajaakor’s Hangman which Tolun accepts. Moving to the next room, the group find a man with a foxes head who seems to have spent the past few centuries painting the room with beautiful images over and over. They see prominently a portrait of six brothers and sisters who the group know are Tolun’s family before they were changed into chimera. The Fox-man, who later identifies himself as Nemon, tells the group to tell him the three things he wants most. They correctly guess he desires his freedom, the happiness of his family, and for his sister Prianyi and her works to receive the respect and recognition they deserve.
The group proceed to the final trial, said to be a test of character. The final brother is part rhino and later identifies himself as Kerok. He asks each member of the group in turn why they want to finish the maze and find the work of his sister, Prianyi. He gets a variety of answers, ranging from people wanting to help and protect their friends, people wanting to find knowledge, or people believing it’s the right thing to do.
The three reunited brothers embrace and the group are transported to a warm, peaceful demiplane, which Kerok calls The Lifeweaver’s Demiplane. The group see it is filled with a variety of animals all peacefully coexisting, and they see many chimera as well. Kerok shows them Prianyi’s tower, which is filled with books, most notably a unique tome called: The Fundamentals and Possibilities of The Variety Of Life Found In The Planes Of Ahlim. The book contains a variety of information about the Nemorian animals of The Faewilds, the ecology of Ahlim, the morphology and anatomy of many living things, and the reason and process behind the creation of the chimera. The book also offers Prianyi’s belief in how The Demonlords were created, which she says involves a plant called “Daemon’s Kiss”. She says that the immortal Nemorians were fed this flower which allows them to be possessed by Anathematic Spirits. As such, this plant is destroyed wherever it is found, and is considered an illicit substance. Interestingly Rakshasa has a flower on her, and also knows of a grove where the plant’s grow freely. Priyanka and Rey transcribe The Lifeweaver’s Tome, and Ghesh reads it cover-to-cover and absorbs its magic. Rakshasa spends some time playing with the animals, while Sahri spars with Tolun. Tsuki befriends Nemon, who teaches her some rogue tricks.
Ghesh has a dream where he finds himself in a solid cloud castle, with Aaracockra circling above. He finds a court of cloud giants and air elementals who greet him warmly, he notices The Cloud Queen, ruler of The Elemental Plane of Air, and a smiling, masked cloud giant in particular. Ajaakor speaks to him through the sky, praising him for his noble deeds and saying that his soul will have an honoured place here when his mortal form perishes, and that, if he excels in his quests, he may visit this place during his life. Power flows down into Ghesh and he awakens, happy and contented.
Tsuki finds herself surrounded by familiar darkness, but instead of many masks surrounding her, there is just one: a smiling, floating mask. The mask speaks to her sadly, saying: “We are all puppets, suspended on strings that gleam like gold. The Puppetmaster is most fearful, even Meridar fears his touch.”. The Mask stays where it is, but Tsuki continues, towards a doorway of light in the distance. Strange shapes move through the darkness, trying to ensnare Tsuki. The speak to her, some demanding information, some ordering her to carry out their commands, and some insulting her. She makes her way through them, leaving the smiling yet sombre mask behind.
The Spectre stands atop an enormous polished obsidian platform, surrounded on all sides by a familiar mist. He realises he is standing atop the inverted pyramid of the ancient city of Minauros. The mist seems thick and agitated, swirling around The Spectre as he hears Ajaakor’s voice. Ajaakor warns him that dark powers desire his soul, and that he must resist them or risk eternal damnation. As the mist swirls louder and faster around him, Ajaakor’s voice becomes muffled and eventually fades. The Spectre turns to see a large, open eye watching him through the mist. The eye blinks and The Spectre awakes.
Rey sees a beautiful waterfall, nestled amongst a copse of trees. Above her is a clear, starry night sky, and the three moons of Ahlim shining brightly. Rey passes through the waterfall to a secret pond. Kneeling by the pond is The Seer, seemingly praying. The Seer rises to greet Rey, telling her that she’s proud of what she’s accomplished and that she continues to grow in esteem. She tells Rey that The Seer shall be exalted by the Gods and that when that happens Rey shall become a great champion. She rests her hand on Rey’s cheek, and Rey awakes, with the warm, soft touch of The Seer lingering on her cheek.
Rakshasa hears the whispering voice of Graz’zt speak to her, saying that if she planted Daemon’s Kiss in The Lifeweaver’s Demiplane he would be very pleased. Rakshasa finds a secure, secret, space in the plane to plant the flower, knowing that such an act desecrates the sanctity of this place.
Sahri hears Satief whisper to her, saying that if she slays a chimera here, without being found out, she will be greatly rewarded.