The adventurers are unable to open the portal, so Guidsmar and Arthur head back to ask Nestor to arrange for magicians and clerics to come. Not long after they leave, Elendria hears a horn from beyond the portal. A ragged man on a horse with flaming hooves leaps through the portal and bowls past the party.
While the party is distracted, the incubus and fake Zinnia reappear from the portal. The fake Zinnia morphs into a beast with huge crab claws and armored flesh. She is killed, then the incubus. At the incubus’ death, the real Zinnia screeches from a back room of the castle. She meets the party in the hallway and screams for the guards, destroyed that they’ve killed her beloved.
The party attempts to subdue Zinnia, but are interrupted by guards. Lorune continues to attack Zinnia, and the guards fall upon her. Wounded, Lorune surrenders and they arrest her. Elendria Sage and Kazuhiko Sagara are allowed access to the castle, but with escort, and they are ordered not to leave.
That night, a bird of feather, leather, gems and clockwork appears in Lorune’s cell. Lorune recognizes it as one of the birds that the old man was selling back in Mossport. It tells him that he’s free, then opens the lock with a mechanical extension from its beak. As it flies away past the guard, he falls into a deep slumber. Lorune escapes from the castle.
The next morning, Kazuhiko and Elendria are awakened by a loud banging at their doors. The guards are enraged that Lorune has escaped and insist upon searching the rooms. Nestor suddenly appears and tells the guards that the party is with him. Taking Kaz and Elendria aside, he reveals himself to be Lorune in disguise.
The horn heard earlier reverberates across the landscape as the ragged horseman rides into town. The horseman backs away at the appearance of guards and the party at the front door to the castle, but a sound like an army erupting from the portal reverberates through the door at their backs. Kaz recognizes the doglike creatures plowing through the portal as huntsmen that will surely crush the party in a head-on fight. They sneak away, and the huntsmen charge through the town and out after the hornblower.
The party goes around the side of the castle to rescue Zinnia, then, creeping through the halls, discovers them abandoned but for corpses.