Disposing of the bodies of the dragons proves to be time consuming and the elder of the village arrives with a number of monks before it can be completed. Left with few options, the elder and the monks are killed. After telling Atska Vermithrax to go back home, they finish cleaning up and teleport away with all of the evidence, leaving a mystery behind them. Questioning the heads of their attackers reveals that the gem dragons may not be entirely honest with their goals, and as a result the group decides that they need additional power if they are to survive a potential betrayal. Secretly they begin planning an assault on the heart of all arcane energy, the south pole.