Faced against the mysterious dragon-featured being that rose from the cauldron, the adventurers can only stare in horror as a huge fireball comes hurtling towards them. Upon discovering that his fire somehow cannot harm the group, however, the man instead begins to ask the gang about where he is and who rules the lands. When he receives no answer, he reads the groups’ minds, uncovering King Reginald’s name and location, flying off, but not before causing the temple to crumble.
When the group attempts to escape, they find the magic of the temple has been heightened and the once-dead dragon skeleton animates and blocks their way. While Itto Lightbringer valiantly holds the skeleton off, the rest of the gang is able to dig their way out of the temple and escape.
Once back in the Human Capitol Gelid City, the group has an exciting debate about whether or not they should nap for a while! Finally deciding against it, Slink Featherfoot and Rayne go ahead to scout out the castle amongst all the death, fire, and destruction they found the city in.
Inside the castle, Slink and Rayne are joined by Itto and Jil, just in time to see the Dragon Man rip King Reginald‘s heart out. The King’s last words are: “Be good, my friends.” Though Slink then attempts to distract the Dragon Man from his goal of finding “the eggs”, he is not to be distracted, and engages in a mage’s duel with High Mage and King’s Hand, Archibald. The battle rages on, while the group watched.
Eventually, Archibald is able to trap the Dragon Man for a moment and uses that opportunity to hand the group a magic scroll that would transport them back 25 hours into the past. Right before it activates, however, the Dragon Man breaks free of his binding and touches the scroll, filling it with dark magic.
It instead transports the group 25 years into a dismal future! Coming across a public hanging, it is revealed that the Dragon Man, now in human disguise, is the current King’s Hand and Prince Rhegar is the new king. Not only that, but the group has been wanted for King Reginald’s murder for 25 years!
Slink then attempts a daring rescue of some of the doomed prisoners. Though he fails, he is able to distract the city’s attention long enough for the Everymen (a group of rebels that resist King Rhegar’s rule) to enact their rescue mission.
Joining up with a super cool-looking rebel badass named Quinn, the gang prepares to escape, as they see one of the King’s Hand’s men from the balcony dissemble himself into a swarm of insects and fly down towards them…