The Adventurers convinced the people of Moskva to leave their assaulted town, speaking with their leader Natasha Loradov and braving their strong drink Muslaka. Shammah presented his quarterstaff to the Halfling Bosco and told him to learn to defend himself, and others around him. Albinon secretly spoke with the Monk Alyosha Karamazov in his domed abode at the edge of town whether he knew anything about demon possession and how to destroy a demon. The Monk told him the Tale of the Great Teacher on the Desert Island, and said that choice is always involved in a demon possession, at least to some degree. He didn’t know of any way to destroy demons, but suggested seeking a cleric of a Good-aligned God of Light or life.
They set out North through the Horizontal forest, avoiding a dangerous encounter with a Great Gray Owlbear. They crossed the Glowing Fields of Snow through the strong North Wind and saw across the frozen water the spire of ice that they sought. Seeing the draconic monster that lurked below the ice, they walked as carefully as possible to reach the mounds surrounding the Howling Spire’s base. In these they saw a floating light, and frozen corpses with shining armour. None gave in to the temptation to take the armour for themselves. They passed inside the Spire and followed the orange light into a chamber of crystalline statues. This was an old place, made by the Nelduar, the People of the Wind who appeared to be humanoid-avians.
After defeating the Shadows that lurked in the chamber, and the Wisp that had led them there, the Adventurers found another chamber with an invisible Couatl that spoke of mysterious things. It spoke into their minds, and told them it was a member of Alluvion Terminus, and said he was guarding against a doom far more terrible than orcs. He also revealed some impressions of Dasterbolt (“a mystery even to me”) and Albinon (“a creature of lust and greed who has done terrible things”) to Bronagh. Shammah’s mind resisted the being’s mental penetration.
They carried on, acquired the key and entered the Hidden Armoury to find the Helm of the Horde. Albinon also picked up and discarded a dark-looking blade that spoke within his mind.
After another conversation with the Couatl, they found themselves faced with a party of Orcs entering the Spire. Bronagh put on the Helm, and Dasterbolt played some Illusion magic tricks to convince the Orcs that Bronagh had a claim to the Horde and should fight Warlord Serakna. After some convincing, the Orcs agreed to take them to the Den where the fight should be witnessed.