The group meets their contact, Throm Gorrum, a curmudgeonly man who hides his face behind a mask. He tells, begrudingly, of what has gone on in the town of Kuggrun. A man matching D’Avangelo’s description and using an old alias of his passed through a few weeks ago, accompanied by strange armoured figures. He bought out the Quarry with ingots of pure platinum and took over the excavation. The former own, Johrn Grummond, ran off to Ghord with the money. Shortly there after, Dragonspawn began terrorizing the area and many people reported seeing winter elves in the forests.
Zarael talks to some local dwarves and learns that anyone leaving towards the Quarry recently has been killed or simply disappeared. With grim resolve, the group heads out towards the Quarry. On the road towards it, they encounter a broken-down wagon and two travelers beside it. Approaching with caution, Sebastian goes forward to offer them assistance. The travelers turn on him, revealing themselves to be Nyss swordsmen while Nyss Striders ambush from the sides. A Seraph, a dragonspawned warbbeast swoops into the fray as well, pursuing marking blight on Sebastian. After a tough fight they are defeated and one of the Striders is captured, although he gives up nothing but blank stares.
The group finds the Quarry site empty. First they find a letter left by Johrn in a cottage, addressed to his love, Loriel. Other buildings contain tools of the trade, while Razzit sneaks into a blacksmith and workshop, coming face to face with a unactive Rhulic steamjack.