The Mercenary Menagerie heads to Red Larch to explore the ancient dwarven city of Tyar-Besil beneath the Sumber Hills. They took to the road due to delays on the Dessarin River. A caravan agreed to bring them along for their journey to Red Larch. In the Talking Troll (tavern) of Triboar, they met the survivors of a caravan raided by hippogriff riders between Bargewright Inn and Red Larch. Additionally, they heard stories of weird weather and disappearances, including Gervor and his companions, and two Waterdhevian merchants: Kharloss and Jarlee. They were joined by a group of men with half a dozen horses on their way to Helvenblade, home of the Silmerhelves, which is guarded by a "family ghost". After passing a group of dwarven miners, they were ambushed by a group of raiders in the middle of the night. One of the raiders managed to escape, while one was subjected to a most intense fresh test by Linx and crushing volleys from Aralen and Gimble.