The morning after soon gives way to the next move of Vas and his legion; as the dragon’s avatar Vanatos personally transports his grand tower from the shadows right onto the island in the middle of Lake Ahrea. This action alone claims the lives of hundreds in the town of Sonava as the tower appears on top of it; and it appears that Ahrea is now on the brink of war again. The King is already doubting that such a effort will go in Ahreas’ favor, as the hero Agnoth has disappeared along with the sword Ravinal…and with it’s sister sword Gwenthal having been taken personally by Vanatos during the siege of the castle, it would seem that there is no way to directly harm the spirit of Vas. However, seeing that everything he loves would be destroyed if Ahrea was to fall under the Black Reign; including his dear friend Fiva, Aras steps forth and personally volunteers to quest for Ravinal. The others soon agree to join him in this quest, and the paladin Alahar is allowed to join their quest seeing that Selea was a childhood friend and that Sir Gardnel wishes no harm to fall upon her. Together the group is dubbed the Company Of The Lighted Way in honor of the original Band of Light, and so they depart to go in search of the Sword of the Roaring Hellfires. Despite the foolhardy band of adventurers he has sent out, King Windsor has already fallen to despair, and dispatches his messengers to locate the old wizard Soros, an old companion of Agnoth and member of the Band of Light.
Unsure as where to go to find the sword Ravinal, the party decides to head back to Norvale for one last night of merriment before going on this most likely deadly quest. On the way, however, Selea has a sense of some greater power calling out to her and she wanders off; and as the rest of the party follows behind her they come across the god Ayer himself. He informs them of how he had intervened during their journey into the Shadow Realm, and that even now the other lesser gods and goddesses of the land are in danger of being slaughtered by Vas and his minions. He requests of the party that they go in search of the Parthenon’s temples scattered around Ahrea, and defend the gods from being captured and killed by the Legion. Ayer does offer what assistance he can by holding the Vas himself at bay, but without the others it is becoming a losing battle. With the increased scope of the war unfolding around them, Aras and the others agree to assist the gods; and continue on to Norvale to plan their next move. Along the way they also come across the old wizard Adgar, Aras’s old mentor. The wizard knows of the dangers the group will soon face and offers his assistance as an advisor, to which the party agrees. The night is spent back in Norvale, with Fiva and Ryhar having managed to secure several caskets of ale for all; though despite the elven antics the rest of the group are less sure of how successful they will be in aiding the fight against the Black Legion. However, they know they must do whatever they can, and in the morning set off.