Deciding to distance themselves from Phlan, Rane Thundaris, Damakos Vrago & Eol Radlinav make their way to hideout in the Quivering Forest. However along the way the dragonborn bounty hunter, Anzie Kopitar, confronts them on a bridge that straddles a fast moving stream. After an attempt to parley, a melee erupts. Kopitar and his henchmen fall in defeat to the steel, spells and arrows of the protagonists in a fierce fight to death.
After the battle, the characters acquire a magical belt and a silvered rapier and quickly mount their riding horses to seek shelter from a lightning storm that has moved into the area.
The sky has been slowly darkening all day, and the smell of rain has been thick in the air. Now it has finally begun to fall, accompanied by loud peals of thunder that seem to roll across the landscape. The sun is hidden behind massive storm-clouds, and a cold wind blows from the north. As bolts of lightning begin to slam from cloud to ground and pieces of hail begin to strike the earth, the need for shelter becomes obvious.
Ahead in the distance, a large tor rises from the ground, its form illuminated by the occasional lightning bolt. It seems rocky and solid, and though climbing it in this weather would be folly, it might have some outcropping that would provide safety from the storm. The only alternative is to endure the weather.