Our Heroes recovered from the fight with Baron Hightower and Orutan's resurrection. That morning, they began interrogating the Baron. While he seemed resistant to physical intimidation, the Baron proved susceptible to Korrigan's magical fear spell. The Party learned much of Thanatis' plan from their prisoner. The Baron claimed that Thanatis was none other than the Baron of Redmorn, now calling himself Count. Thanatis was also meeting with delegations from the Iron Mandate and the Acheroth Empire at Dar Orithas. There he would demonstrate his power and good faith to his allies, as well as using the Scrolls to access the keys to his ascension. According to the Baron, Thanatis already had enough scrolls, rendering them useless in his eyes.
The Party deliberated on what to do with this information, and eventually decided to set out for Keston, where they would hope to meet with the Gold Dragon Berathik himself. They took the Baron in tow, who had become a tenuous ally. On the night of Fellwalk, Ahna communed with Ahmzanii, hoping to glean what Thanatis would discover in Dar Orithas. The goddess showed her visions of a fortress far beneath the earth, a castle in fields of ash, and a tower under gray skies. A few days later, the Party received a letter from Eskar, urging them to return to Dar Gwynnol, as he had claimed to have discovered the secret behind the Black Scrolls.
After ten days of travel, the Party arrived in Keston. Ahna met with Alenia Trant, the High Priest of Berathik. She agreed to allow Ahna to journey to the Temple of Waking Dreams, the center of their religion. Along the way, the Party reunited with Lafayette, who had come to Keston on his own business.
The Party journeyed up the Grayhawk mountains and eventually reached the misty paths where the Temple lay. Ahna ascended the path, being the only one who was "pure of heart". She found her way through the misty paths and entered the Temple, where she was given herbs to induce dreaming. Overnight, Ahna was contacted by Berathik through her dreams. She told the dragon of their struggle against Thanatis, and asked for his help against their mutual foe. Berathik thanked her for brining the threat to his attention, and pledged himself as an ally against Thanatis.
Ahna returned to the Party, who ventured back to Keston together. They then set off along the King's Road to New Alsben, as a first stop along their journey to Dar Gwynnol.