Jager Cull, Jenna, Kiratesh Nezara, and Skan’pa arrive separately in Kith’takharos. Meryl Dunestal of House Tharashk invites them all to a meeting and offers them a job: find the missing explorer Almus Rundarig. Since none of them has any better plan, they agree to take the mission as a group.
They follow Almus’ trail to the Temple across the Big Water, where they find his frozen body in a magically cold room. There is evidence that the temple has at least one inhabitant, though no one is found. The group is then attacked by giant mosquitoes.