Trilla is unexpectedly reunited with Soriel, and vanishes into the night with him. The rest of the party, along with Tamsin and Sir Leocord, plan an attack on the Emerald Claw and warn the village to prepare for attack. Along the way they are met by a large group of Gatekeepers, who offer their assistance against the Claw. They do battle with the Emerald Claw’s army, but a third army –the Cult of the Dragon Below- attacks as well, seeking to kill everyone else. Meanwhile Trilla’s romantic reunion with Soriel turns sour. He reveals himself a vampire seeking to transfuse warforged with the power of the Daelkyr, and then bashes her senseless. The rest of the party shows up, with Husarrl close on their heels. The PC’s battle a group of mutated Warforged, headed by the telepathic Grindul, while the dolgaunt and the vampire battle each other and flee into the depths of Khyber. The party kills Grindul and the machine that created him, and leave to nurse their wounds. Emerging from the cave, they find that Tamsin is the only survivor of the battle; the stricken shifter travels with them, sharing her grief with the equally devastated Trilla.