Following their efforts in the mines of Karak Lode the Heroes rest and recuperate. They conduct a thorough search of the Bluff Castle and the mine area for loot. They find no further evidence of the Birdman.
The entire stash of coin, gems and magic is loaded upon a travois and dragged out of the desert to Dunesend. Once the people of Dunesend hear the story of the defeat of the evil Queen Shephatiah they fete the party as heroes and are granted the title of Heroes of Dunesend.
The next day Heroes travel across the Thorn Wastes guided ably by Janice, they arrive safely in Overlook, where they visit Bram Ironfell immediately. Bram is greatly disheartened to hear what has befallen Karak Lode. He vows that the mine will remain forever closed.
Later that evening, Suthek makes a shock announcement. He believes that his fate lies down a different path from the Heroes and now is the time for them to go their separate ways. Suthek bids them farewell and leaves the Heroes stunned.
Of the original Heroes, only Girshi and Kaeraelia remain. They must now consider their next move; should they induct Janice into the Heroes, should they bolster their numbers. Undecided upon what to do they pause to consider their path.