Following their defeat of Ulthak the group return to the city, killing fleeing gnolls as they go. The city is mostly aflame, seemingly consumed by the conflict between Nas’Ul and the forces of Imix. The group occasionally see gnolls engaged in battle, figthing over the wreckage of the city. Rakshasa ingites her horns, frightening several gnolls, and then throws a lime at a fleeing gnoll, finally breaking its will. The group find the central church, with a floating portal of flame above it, where the tower once stood. The party find Nas’Ul as she defeats the last of Imix’s forces and she inquires about their success. She says that Sutha’s corpse is probably somehwere nearby and the group soon find the body. Rakshasa casts Speak With Dead, asking Sutha’s charred corpse about Imix and Yeenoghu. The party then bid farewell to Nas’Ul and the surviving Fire Giant, who thank them for their continued assistance. Rey and Rakshasa act as Ghesh‘s wingmen, talking him up to Nas’Ul.
The party return to Ulthak’s grove to commune with him, finding a gnoll feasting on his corpse. Rakshasa bargains with him, and he cuts off Ulthak’s head, throws it to her, and then continues eating the torso. Rakshasa again communes with Ulthak, but he proves a lot less helpful, repeatedly mentioning someone called The Red Woman.
Camping for the night in the city, a surprising and miraculous thunder storm begins, providing rain to The Badlands. The party dig amidst the muddy ruins of the church for the treasure the gnolls have gathered over the years and are successful. Before they go to sleep Ennefer speaks to Tsuki, thanking her for assisting her and saying that she’ll likely leave in the morning. Tsuki warns her about The Order of The Silvered Gauntlet and The Emerald Enclave, saying that they wouldn’t view her presence favourably. Ennefer says she’ll fly south to the Nemorian Swamps and departs.
That Night, Rey has a vision of an armoured figure walking through deep water. They’re searching for an enemy they can’t see, wielding a rod and shield. Chains rise out of the bubbling, glowing water, ensnaring the figure. A robed person rises out of the water, snatching the rod, and taking the armoured figures hand with it. Mithral flows from their wounds as the rod turns from silver to a deep, red, glow.
The Seer speaks to Rey, telling her that she has been troubled by this dream recently. The Seer explains that she will give Rey an important quest soon as she goes north.
Ghesh also has a vision of himself scaling a huge mountain while buffeted by a powerful wind. Ajaakor tells him that he is approaching his destiny and Ghesh sees that Ajaakor is standing over the mountain’s peak.
Rakshasa hears Graz’zt speaking to her, saying that soon an ally of his will take her to a place far away where she can claim the power of an angel.
The group continues the next day, coming across the vanguard and spending the day celebrating the beginning of summer with them.
The party continue to Hasamidat, stopping at Rakshasa’s estate. They see that the walls are being put up by mages and go to speak to them. The dragonborn and the gnome are particularly attractive.
Once back in the city the group go about some errands, with Tsuki visiting Nemon and buying some Goggles of Night from him. Rey goes to the university and speaks to the angel of Curiosity after reading The Day I Slew Death. She finds out that someone defeated Orcus and took his place several centuries ago and that Luciela, an ancient hero, was defeated by Orcus at one point and made into his wand. She discovers the details of The True Ressurection and its usage, which she has witnessed several times. Rey realises that whoever ressurected the dragon in The Dune Sea must have been an extremely powerful mage. The author of the autobiographical book finishes by saying that they’ll do anything to rescue someone important to them. Rey and Curiosity make a bet about whether or not she will find any dragons in The Feywild.
Tsuki and Rey visit Asymptote to secure some magic items and then the party teleport to Lassiades, to the north, in Rzeka.
They walk through the unfamiliar coastal city, hearing seagulls and seeing a garishly dressed bard performing. The bard talks about a group of famous heroes called The Heroes of The North, one of whom is present, a rambunctious gnome. The party assess their competition, while an arrogant, unfriendly half-elf named Drusilia approaches. Rakshasa tries to invite Drusilia to dinner but she haughtily declines.
The group continue to The Docks, looking for The White Swan and find a group of adventurers, who watch them without interacting with them. Rey contacts the flumphs who tell her to look for a symbol of a squid. They do find one, directing them north of the city. A few hours later they find a hilltop shrine decorated with squid motifs and what seems to be the symbol of The white Swan. The group decide to address this strange shrine later and head back to the city.
They arrive at a large tavern called The Sudden Storm and see that The Heroes of The North are there, and the bard is performing. Rey and Rakshasa decide to upstage him, and after a fierce musical contest, they succeed.
The party speak to their rivals who they find out are: Isao the dragonborn, Seebo Warryn Sparklegem the gnome, Drusilia the half-elf, Meriele the elf, Isaac the human, and Slade the human. Drusilia continues to be rude and Rakshasa notices that she seems to also be a warlock and that she has a suspicious vulture tattoo.
The group leaves but Rey messes with Drusilia before she goes, putting her off her drink.