Chini kills Bareris. We go back to the council chamber and Lydia confronts So-Kehur, accusing him of being a traitor, but he remains on the Cabal. Lydia is nominated to the Cabal and accepts.
Szindaer explains he formed the Cabal for two reasons but only explains the “important” one:
The future of this world rests on a knife’s edge. The five of us are positioned exactly at the nexus of a power struggle to stop Sultana in her tracks. Shavia has warned that if we do not act now the elves will cease to be. Chinicum and Cid are the linchpins, the only ones the elves might listen to.
The Cabal votes and decides 11 to 1 (Ramas casting the only nay vote) that we (Chinicum, Lydia, Cid, and our friends) will go to the Elves and try to convince them to accept our help and to stop Sultana at any cost.
We go back to the inn to get a good night’s rest. While we sleep, we find ourselves back in the shadowy twilight city. There is now a huge gash in the sky with normal light shining through and many dragons flying around it.
Bahamut explains that Sultana is targeting a weakness in the barrier that keeps the dragons in, by feeding the twilight world with the deaths of “creatures of immortal descent” (elves) whose souls are redirected here.
(Apparently Bareris was trying to redirect the souls yet again, to himself, so that he could grow more powerful.)
When enough elves die, the dragons will pour out of the wound, into our world. Then the wound will reseal, and again trapping the citizens in the twilight world (including Bahamut and the 4 aspects). The dragons that escape will not be the dragons that once existed in our world because they have been corrupted by the twilight.
We ask Bahamut many questions and propose different ideas, but Bahamut counsels us, “Your focus should be on stopping Sultana.” We then awake.
Szindaer suggests that he portal a few of us to Baldur’s Gate to inform the Council of what is happening. We decide to send Sparkle, Pensiar, Igor, and Mialee to Baldur’s Gate. Since Wellby and Sparkle are sad to be separated, Wellby proposes to Sparkle and she agrees to marry him. He gives her an engagement ring to tide her over until they are reunited.
Szindaer then opens another portal, this one leading to the outskirts of a large forest, where a strike force of elves is believed to be hiding. He joins us in stepping through. Flint is unable to divine where the elves are, but Cid successfully transforms himself into a bird and soars above the forest. He locates a band of elves at a distance, and directs us in the proper direction.
After an hour on the trail, we encounter elven scouts. One of them recognizes Cid as a person to be trusted. We are able to persuade the scouts that we have the same enemy, and they lead us to the elves’ strike force, led by an elf named Artemis who is assisted by her sister, who is none other than our dear friend Althea!
We have a very long discussion with the elves, sharing what we know about Thia and learning what we can from Artemis and Althea. After a great deal of brainstorming we all agree upon a plan. We will draw Thia to us by having a large gathering of the elves, who will come to a portal that Szindaer will create for them to escape to Baldur’s Gate. Any elves that remain or are left behind will assist us in the battle against Thia.