Before the group can pursue the leaders of the Eye of Serenity towards one of the Arien Taur’s sacred trees, they have to find a way to deal with the small army protecting them. To that end they contact Petera Tene, telling her of the Eye’s expected target in hopes that she will direct one or more red dragons to stop them, and then Deliana Lienne, updating her on most of the conflicts now occurring within the Arien Taur, but omitting the assault on the sacred tree. Pursuit of the Eye of Serenity is disrupted when they are ambushed by a small collection of corrupted wilden, but the group quickly deal with the threat and move on. Closer to their goal they find that a number of red dragons, six, have engaged the Eye of Serenity, but they see no sign of their true prey. Upon finally reaching the sacred tree they interrupt the leaders of the Eye of Serenity attempting to inject the tree with the distilled essence of the Gray Forest.