In which Kira Vaan goes climbing, and the rest of the party attempts to hold some doors shut.
After a fitful but eventless night of sleep in the middle of the desert, the party continues following the caravan tracks to their source, and soon come across a set of three ransacked caravans. However, before they have a chance to investigate, they are surprised by 6 kruthiks, who were burrowed beneath the sand waiting for prey.
The group manages to fend off the vicious scavengers, but not without sustaining heavy injuries. Mask and Kriv in particular, are nearly too exhausted to go on, but Kira Vaan is less concerned. “What are you two complaining about?” she laughs. I’ve barely been scratched, not sure why you’re having such a hard time."
Jordyn manages to uncover tracks near the caravans which indicate that a battle took places, and the victors appear to have run off into the desert. She follows the tracks deeper into the desert, where they come upon the remains of a ruined tower.
Having learned some caution, the group opts to send Kira Vaan climbing up the side of the tower, while the rest of the party waits by the main doors. Unfortunately, the plan begins to unravel when Kira starts climbing and promptly falls flat on her back. Undaunted, she tries again, but in the meantime the denizens of the tower have been alerted and begin an assault upon the group waiting by the door. Jordyn is knocked unconscious not once but twice, but fortunately is revived just in time to throw her considerable weight against the door, preventing complete disaster.
In the meantime, Kira Vaan finally makes it to the top of the tower, and proceeds to rain fiery death down upon the lizards. Once all but one of them are slaughtered, the remaining lizard – a Ssurran Poisonscale Collector – decides the battle is lost, and pleads for his life. Reluctantly, Kriv decides to let the Ssurran go, and the grateful lizard promises to spread the tale of their mercy among his people.
In the ruins, they found 3 captured caravan drivers, as well as an obsidian box containing the crystal they were sent to recover!