They heroes awake later that evening to find a large bull-headed headed creature brooding by their campfire. Could they be under attack?
Luckily, cooler heads prevailed as they find out Nobu Tanglar had sent for reinforcements after being called away—but what could be more urgent or important than the rescue of Douven Stahl? The hulking figure is Minotaur warrior Asteron Yar, a powerful fighter and friend of Douven.
Strengthened by the new arrival, the heroes find the dragon burial site and defeat sinister opponents: a sneaky Gnome and his dragon-like pet, a bunch of his human followers, and a ghostly apparition of a man named Kalarel. They find a bound and gagged Douven, who explained that he’d been forced to help the evil Gnome locate an ancient mirror, which is required in a ritual to open a portal to the Shadowfell, the dark and cursed realm of death. After the brief reuinion, Douven departs for home but first asks his proteges to get to the root of this impending evil and put a stop to it if need be.
The heroes return to Winterhaven.
There, they find out from the mysterious Elf Ninaren about a cult activity towards the southeast, where the kobolds have set up a lair. The mayor of Winterhaven, Lord Padraig, begs the heroes to eradicate the problem and make the roads to Winterhaven safe once more, and after much bargaining (that’s you Berriene Lestazy), decide to take up the task.