From Nymm 12 to Lharvion 9, the Band of the Nine Towers travels from the northern Talenta Plains to Newthrone. First they rendezvous with Jenna’s Uncle Milo, who distributes the money gained from selling items found in Arkagun’s Tomb. Fortune smiles upon the Band, as they find the Wandering Inn, and most of this money is soon spent.
Many days of hard riding take the Band to Transit Tower Seven in the Endworld Mountains. Tower Seven only provides travel to Tower Six, just southeast of Pitchwall. They rest for a day in Pitchwall. Mayor Zengar informs them that, after difficult long distance negotiations, Prince Oargev will finally send an agent to inspect the Cyran treasures. From Pitchwall, the Band travels by foot along the coast until picked up by a trading vessel headed for Newthrone.
The Band arrives at the Newthrone docks, and is greeted by Patch, who felt the presence of his Forgebrother Fixit. Patch has also arranged lodging and supplies for the impending journey to the interior of Q’barra.
Patch suddenly points to a man in the crowd along the docks, claiming that he must join the Band on its journey. The man turns and stares at Patch’s pointing finger. He opens his mouth to speak, but before he can utter any words the world changes. Everyone and everything, except for Jager, Jenna, Scylien, Fixit, and the open-mouthed man, are frozen in place. There are no sounds or motion of any kind, save for those created by the Band. The sun is no longer visible. An odd yellow light illuminates the immediate area with an unnatural clarity that almost hurts the eyes, while objects become fuzzy only twenty or thirty yards away.
Jenna’s mother steps through the haze, hovering over the water. “Jenna, I still love you and I hope that we can be together again. And we will be, after you do something for me. Two very little things: a scepter and an amulet. Ages ago, they were left behind in an ancient temple. Fixit will know the way. After that, we can meet again and finish our business.”
She stares at Jager for a moment. “My mistress has power amongst the dead. Even in death, a loved one can feel pain. Believe me, I know this.”
Now she points at nearby frozen people, and they transform into hideous creatures that vaguely resemble emaciated Hobgoblins. Pinks tentacles wave from their chests as the creatures move to attack. These powerful undead almost kill the Band. After the victory, the new man Azereen has proven himself and tentatively joins the Band.
Fixit mentions that his odd bond with Jenna’s mother reveals both the location of the temple and a hidden motive. He explains to Jager why the Band should take up this quest.
“Jager, I know coercion is no good motivation for you. You would consider refusing just to spite your foe. But there is something she did not tell us, and I am sure she did not intend that I learn this. I think she did not fully understand the consequences of raising a Warforged. She plans to use these items against Dragons. She wants to hurt them, she wants to destroy them. If we don’t get these items, she will send others. And if she secures them, the Dragons will have no choice but to deliver destruction to Khorvaire.”
The expanded Band rests for a few days before heading into the jungle. During this time, Scylien impersonates Yavanna Culand to gain access to a private library. Here she learns that Jager’s crystal sword is Named Lifesword. This information allows him to unlock the next power.
The journey to the temple takes a week, and everywhere there are signs that lizardfolk have recently vacated this part of the jungle. Jenna explores the building as a bird, and finds three sealed wells that apparently lead underground. Jager determines that lizardfolk inhabited the temple and left about five weeks past. The Band now considers the best way to descend.