Leaving The Sudden Storm, the group walk out into the moonlit streets. Ghesh and Tsuki notice Alexis in an alleyway, who beckons them over. Alexis explains that the group is in danger from a group of assassins, who are going to attack them. Alexis seems helpful but is unwilling to divulge alot of information. Ghesh and Rey observe that they are wearing a large blue gem underneath their clothing. Rey believes its one of the apocalyptic gems that Curiosity saw in a future vision. The group notice that Alexis seems to be threatened or endangered somehow by a malicious magical force that’s preventing them from answering certain questions. Rey tries to bypass this by Sending a message to Alexis directly, without speaking, but an evil intelligence responds, mocking her efforts. Alexis eventually reveals their pursuers are The Ravens and fades into the darkness, saying that they hope to see the group again.
Ghesh sees a dark silhouette above them and The Spectre recognises the familiar scent of his Revenant pursuer. The dark silhouette begins to shoot Fireballs at the group, while assassins try and take out Tsuki. The Revenant begins to strangle Ghesh when The Spectre moves out of reach. Rey Polymorphs into a giant eagle and begins to pursue one of the assassins when they start to flee. Sahri and The Spectre cut through the assassins and the shadowy figure, revealing them as a dragonborn mage. Ghesh finally ‘kills’ the Revenant, burning it with radiant power. Rakshasa blasts some other fleeing assassins, quickly destroying them. Tsuki knocks the fleeing assassin out with an arrow and the group tie her up.
They interrogate the assassin, finding out her name is Chiyo and she is from Chayundo. She is certainly a raven, and claims to be attempting vengeance for Midraba. She claims to have been trained by a master assassin named “The Slayer”.
The party give both Chiyo and the Revenant to the local Aurorans to be dealt with in the morning. The group then proceed to the hilltop shrine at the behest of some friendly flumphs. The Spectre uses his psionic abilities to test the location, and soon hears the voice of The White Swan.
She beckons the party into the border Ethereal plane, a strange world of grey.
Around the party are dancing, happy flumphs, several humans and the winged figure of The White Swan. She resembles her twin brother, Rahn, but is dressed in a beautiful white shawl. Rey is reunited with her lost colleague, Rossen, who was attempting to achieve enlightenment with The White Swan. Chen is nearby and politely greets the party. The White Swan speaks to The Spectre at length, explaining her alliegances and explains some of hers, and her brother’s motives. She owes her alliegance to Belphegor, The Demonlord of Sloth, who she insists desires balance, not the cruelty or destruction of the other demonlords. She says that Demogorgon wishes to awaken The Destroyer, who will then consume Ahlim. Naldarai is released from The Spectre’s medallion and greets the group, appearing as an elderly elf. The two mystics answer many of the group’s questions, telling The Spectre that they believe he is an angel reborn, likely of Ajaakor. They also confirm to Rey that several dragons live in The Feywild and are commonly known as The Archfey. They tell the party that The Vengeant was once known as Councillor Falkettan, and that it was his daughter, Aliza, that he killed Und to save. Worringly, the White Swan says that she suspects that Dragonlord Yagami is a worshipper of Piro of The Anathema, which would make him a powerful Raven. Naladarai explains a bit more about what happened to Ahlim before The Scourge, explaining that The First Warlock was a mage of House Valeng. He also says that the leader of The Destroyer’s cult was a man named Caiphon, who worked with The Anathema to awaken The Destroyer. Naldarai admits that even he does not know the whole truth of what The Anathema and Destroyer are and that only The Others would know more.
The White Swan discusses her and her master’s plans to bring balance to Ahlim, insisting that The Ethereal Plane must be kept intact and that the power of The Twin Pyramids of Minauros must be reunited in some way. She also warns the group that Lady Midnight has some interest in these pyramids, though she does not know why.