The party decides to split up to cover more ground. Also, Father Gordan doesn’t trust Father Talis to go off on his own. Snitt heads back to Belphor the dragon’s cave while Wight goes in search of a greater elemental somewhere in the wastes. Meanwhile, Father Gordan, Sam, Morglum, Father Talis, Sister Krees and Brim set out on foot towards the “Other tribe”. Fafnir stays behind to rally his strength.
Snitt arrives at the dragon’s cave and to avoid being eaten (and also gain information) he serves himself up as a test subject for Belphor’s various concoctions. Some of them are pleasantly surprising. Others not so much. Snitt learns of some possible ways to deal with Chases accessories but sadly he lapses into a coma before he can get a chance to try them.
Father Gordan and company travel for a couple of days. The going is hard and the environment saps their strength. They frequently have to avoid lava and other dangers and it seems the miraculous rains that Gordan called forth are still causeing unforseen results. They travellers nearly drown in a flash flood that Gordan manages to freeze with Coldcomfort (his holy weapon).
When Snitt is late returning from the dragon cave Fafnir decides he’d best go investigate and arrives just in time to snatch Snitt from an untimely end. Belphor is kind enough to sell Fafnir a healing potion that revives Snitt but only after some engaging shop talk and Fafnir agrees to have a go as a test subject himself.
Morglum and the rest of his companions are stopped outside the “other camp” by an odd mix of beings on patrol. A sphinx named Farexs allows them to come into camp where they see Balthazar chained to a post.