Thakharad awakens in a grassy plain. Seeing movement he manages to conjure a spyglass and spots a group of large lizards running towards him. Deciding to hide in the deeper grass, the stampede nearly kills him when it draws near. At which point he hears a thunderous roar as one of the creatures falls almost on top of him, under the claws of an enormous predator with a feathered crest, tiny arms, and huge teeth. He tries to sneak away, but is seen and eaten.
Áinfean awakens in a terrible blizzard surrounded by snow and the sound of pounding surf. She manages to make her cloak a little warmer and wrap it around herself, but knows she is in terrible danger of freezing. It's hard to see through the storm but she can make out one feature in this hellscape, a large tower dominates the sky before her. She starts walking towards it, getting close enough to reach one wall, but seeing no entrance. Starting around she slips on ice and nearly falls from the cliff into the freezing ocean. Casting fly she manages to halt her fall, but flying closer to the castle injures herself as her flying fights the horrible wind. She manages to squeeze through a small window. Finding herself out of the storm, though still cold she peers around, when she is attacked by a huge horse-sized spider. She electrocutes it with a lightning bolt only to hear the chittering of more spiders. She summons an everbright torch and sees more approaching. Calling up the storm she stands before the window bending the lightning into the room and holding them off.
Siegmeyer and Beyro debate how to find their friends. Beyro is drinking whiskey and depressed while Siegmeyer is upset but not sure what to do. Upashie finally says they have only one option. Their friends are lost, and if they don't get a guide they won't find them before they die in the real world. She summons a demon and barters with him. They have nothing in the dream world to pay him with. Seigmeyer tries to interrupt several times, and occasionally does so. Beyro despite being drunk seems to understand the necessity of assistance. Finally Upashie offers her sword, the sword that allows her to keep herself aware here, as collateral against future payment for the demon assisting them to find their friends. Seigmeyer derides her for bargaining with demons, but she says she would rather do that than see them all die. The being summons a sailing ship that seems to move unhindered through the dreamscape and they take off into the air.
Aramades seeing the Camel in Yellow make camel sounds suddenly realizes that this makes no sense, that what he is seeing isn't real. Heart breaking, he goes outside to look once more at his comrades, knowing now that he isn't really seeing them, just memories of them. One of them comes up and calls for him to look in the sky where some kind of strange airship without arms for an elemental is approaching. Slowly, as his men start to fade, the ship lands, revealing Siegmeyer, Thakharad, Upashie, and the demon crew. Seigmeyer embraces Aramades who awkwardly pats Siegmeyer. Seigmeyer says they have to find the others and Aramedes forces back his tears to continue his mission.
Thakharad wakes up again in the most elaborate garden he has ever seen. Eventually he realizes that the garden is laid out like a palace, where all parts of the palace are made of topiary instead of stone or wood. Summoning a ladder he attempts to look for a path, and instead sees a group of well dressed hobgoblin children playing a very violent game of conquerer. Finally the last child submits to being chocked by a sash and the victorious girl stands on the fountain and proclaims herself the strongest. Thakharad attempts to circumnavigate the children but they run across him. Asking what a "deformed elf" is doing in their palace, he attempts to explain that he isn't an elf at all, nor an "overgrown halfling" as the children question him. Finally deciding that he is something new, the girl orders her peers to capture him for her menagerie. Fortunately an adult appears to stop Upashie from attacking Thakharad. Thakharad slowly starts to realize he is in a "past" dream especially as the adult hobgoblin carries Upashie's sword and speaks of the Dhakaani empire and it's "current" war with the Daelkyr. He is being lead to speak with the emperor, when his friends appear, stunning the previously unflappable warrior. The adult Upashie on the ship seems rather stunned, but Siegmeyer and Beyro hustle Thakharad aboard. As they leave Thakharad speaks briefly to Upashie, who admits that man is her father, Vathin, the crown prince of the Dhakaani empire, who fell to the Daelkyr in battle before he could ever become emperor leaving her uncle to inherit the thrown. She herself inherited Araam, the sword of heros, but eventually she too eventually fell to the Daelkyr. Thakharad is distressed to hear the price of the bargain to find his friends and offers the demon the dagger from Viscount Santigo ir'Brellen's dream. The demon says it wouldn't be nearly delicious enough to take the place of Araam. Thakharad offers some other items, but the demon indicates he only has one that he wants, and that although Thakharad carries the words of the King In Yellow, he serves someone else.
The ship arrives in the continually destroying and reforming hellscape beside a lightning train. Inora is still trembling from nearly dying and when they tell her that she's in a nightmare finally realizes the seats are on the ceiling of the car. They manage to get Inora onto the ship, and she asks where Áinfean is.
Coming into a powerful snow storm they dock at the top of an octagonal tower. Other ships are also docked there, where strange beings haul various humanoids in chains into the tower. The demon warns them that they shouldn't draw the attention of these beings. He also says that if their friend is in chains they should leave her, that he won't fight these creatures for one of their slaves. The group steps out and is disconcerted to find that the ground is not as flat as it appears, and that things are slightly "wrong" here. Spotting the lightning over the side of the tower, they are told the ship isn't going there. Eventually Upashie gets them to work together to summon a lift, it seems harder to keep things "conjured" here than other areas they have been so far. Taking the lift down they find Áinfean surrounded by enormous spiders and streams of lightning blasting through the window. Hearing Inora call for her, Áinfean blasts a path to the lift and gets aboard, blasting back the spiders that attempt to pry the door open. Hugging Inora she exclaims how glad she is to see them all… wait where is Winter? As the lift heads up the group can see taut webbing around them. Coming to the top of the tower spiders come swarming after them. They begin a fighting retreat to the ship, and Áinfean briefly gets swarmed by the spiders before blasting out of them to thunderstep aboard.
Pulling out of the dreamscape, the ship moves from one storm to another, this one on a traditional sea. The dream feels thicker, more real, here than anywhere before. They don't think they will be able to conjure at all. There is a lighthouse in the distance but the water begins to slap them, first from one side then another, then someone is slapping their faces.
Áinfean wakes to a halfling slapping her and pushes her off. Adelard seems to take great pleasure in slapping Siegmeyer. Tumbling off her bed weakened Áinfean spots Inora awake, and Winter still asleep. Shoving the halfling who was slapping Winter out of the way, Áinfean snaps that the next person who slaps Winter will be shocked with lightning, before gently trying to wake Winter herself with no success. Amid the confusion Aramedus, Thakharad, and Inora all try to summon something to check if they have actually woken up. Edouart informs Beyro that his uncle almost cut off their funding, that they had to spend their last copper to keep the group in the House of Healing because they've been asleep for 2 weeks. He did however get them all to Fairhaven. Beyro tells him he has done well, and that he will go immediately to make contact with his uncle. Seigmeyer starts to threaten Adelard for forcing them out of the dream before they could get Winter, but Beyro makes him back off. The whole group is slightly atrophied from their two weeks of sleep, but mostly alright aside from Winter. Eventually they make a plan of action. Thakharad and Aramedus are going to the library to research. Inora and Siegmeyer are going to the market for supplies. Beyro, Edouart, and Perrin will check in at the house. Adelard will stay to keep watch over Áinfean who refuses to leave Winter's side.