After returning to town from the ruined temple, the group reconvenes to discuss their next plans. They interrogate Maxwell further and find that he had only been with the Son’s for a few weeks and has an affinity for necromancy. Oblius offers to train him in an ethical fashion. Krull spares Sarash the kobald’s life and commits him to serve Maxwell. Maxwell fills the group in about the Son’s plans to resurrect an ancient dragon using an egg purchased from the Sky Elves in Vernazza. They obtain a draft horse from Thorbalt as payment for the return of his dagger and trade their donkey and cart to him in return for a wagon. The group leaves at once for Manarola, hoping to intercept a cultist named Basso Carver. The group disguises Alya’s wings and prepares to enter the country of Thema. When they arrive in the city of Brixen their disguise works. They decide not to press their luck further and commission a dilapidated ship called the Chimera to sail them to Manarola. During their journey a few members of the group have disturbing dreams.
The group finally arrives in Manarola without incident and disembarks into the city. They split up and form a plan to search for Basso. The Krull, Alya, and Bridrik head to the market square nearest to the docks to begin their search. They immediately stumble across a cultist and a thief exchanging information and a chase begins. Alya chases her perpetrator onto the rooftops where he stumbles and falls to his death. Bridrik and Krull chase the thief into the sewers where Bridrik uses information matching the dream he had previously to navigate the traps laid for them and catch the thief. After a further interrogation of the thief they further work out the cultists plot. They also discover that the cultist that Alya was chasing was Basso. Thankfully they determine the name of his superior, a man called Galmordian Ward.
After this Krull, Bridrik and Alya, decide to look for a Son’s of Gareth safe-house in hopes of finding Galmordian or the general referred to as Gaap. They search the streets at night, looking for a red candle in a window. As they are about to give up, Bridrik scores a lucky break and spots one. Bridrik goes undercover as a cultist and learns that both Gaap and Galmordian left for their respective missions only a few hours ago. Not wanting to waste any time, they grab the horse and minimal gear and head out to the road towards Vernazza. They make a strong pace, but two weeks into their journey, they come across dead horses on the side of the road, indicating that the cultists are pushing even harder in their travels. The group decides to free the draft horse and push on foot at an even faster pace. They travel hard and light for the next week straight and are decidedly catching up to the cultists, but when a storm begins to roll in, Krull panics and forces the group to change course.
The group leaves the road and treks northwards towards the sea. Just at nightfall, the storm has hit in full force and the group stumbles across the ritual the cultists were preforming to resurrect the forgotten dragon. Krull charges at a wagon surrounded by cultists, while Alya and Bridrik run towards a stone golem on the opposite side. Krull deflects and explosive barrel tossed his way and redirects it at the dragon egg and crystal altars on both sides of it. Bridrik throws a flask of alchemists fire at the barrel and destroys one of the crystal spires in the resulting explosion. Krull escapes death from further explosive barrels by teleporting next to the egg while Alya engages into a fierce battle with the golem. Bridrik smashes the remaining crystal and Krull deflects a barrel back into the wagon just as the fire mage throws his bolt. The entire wagon explodes into a fireball in the night. The golem unleashes a massive energy weapon on the group and they decide that it would be best to retreat now that the plot has been foiled. They head back to the road, stranding Galmordian in his damaged golem and easily out pace him back to Manarola.