The heroes awake finding they were drugged and captured. To their relief, Ikki seems to have survived, being stabilized by the poison. When the guards try to move them, they resist (Lantian headbutts a guard and Flint lunges at one), but they are restrained and punished. They are then taken from their makeshift cell (really a pen in the stables) and dragged to the spire. There a funeral seems to be prepared for Thurl, a dark priest presiding. The characters are lined up on the side of the spire as a dark ritual to instead raise Thurl from the dead begins. As they watch helplessly, they are suddenly freed by a gang of aarakocra who had been keeping an eye on the cult. A fierce battle ensues where the ritual is disrupted, the Howling Hatred cultists routed, and Thurl’s body is knocked from the spire. The party greets their emancipators and meets Mercurio and Garalt the aarakocra. Then the party realizes the knight who was knocked off the spire with Thurl may still be alive. They spot him trying to escape after having floated to the ground harmlessly. The aarakocra, Ikki, and Lantian give chase, kill the knight, and destroy the bodies to prevent resurrection. After this, the party loots the tower finding treasure and a note to Thurl from “His Queen” Aerisi Kalinoth. The group then spends the night recovering in the tower and leaves it to be defended by the aarakocra. They head east into the Sighing Valley in the direction indicated by the spyglass on the top of the Spire. They navigate the valley uneventfully until nightfall, and after reaching the gully they venture forward towards a campfire they spotted in the ravine. Bucca and Lantian try to sneak up to the fire, but are spotted by a gnoll ambush!