Yet another new member has been added to the RDM – Rhygar the Bard, offering his angelic songs and healing capabilities. Shortly after, Tomas Dukain brings troubling new about his nephew Vergil, the Baron of the Ardev. They ask the RDM to return the kidnapped Vergil back to Sharn. All the RDM but Edron and Gilbert take off on horseback to Ardev in a blinding blizzard. Tagging along is Kattalin, a liason with the King’s Citadel to inspect the fortress in town.
They arrive at a dilapidated mansion, then soon head into the fortress just outside of town. They head inside the fortress, and are immediately puzzled by the levitating snow on the ceiling and moving and shifting walls. Abacus, Anedra and 106 see a creature pop out of the snow, recognizing it to be a large Carrion Crawler. They decide to attack it and while doing so, it throws 106 and Abacus on the ceiling, reversing their gravity – they are now battling three human-like creatures with changing faces while walking on the ceiling. Out of nowhere, the large creature weilding a hammer reappears and disappears into thin air – things continue to become more and more eerie. 106 grabs the chandelier, cuts the chain, and falls with it, landing on his feet and striking the Carrion Crawler, killing it. Abacus tries to pull 106 back up to the ceiling, but instead 106 pulls Abacus down crashing to the floor. While Abacus is dazed, the large hammer wielding creature delivers a huge blow to Abacus, knocking him unconscious, but the team kill it off before he finishes the job.
The RDM head up the tower to rescue Virgil. Along the way, they hear whispers. Kattalin pockets a textbook while the rest collect potions. Was that what she was after the whole time? They head towards the lit room after set ablaze the previous. Upon entering the room, they witness a painting on a wall that shifts back and forth and a foul odour engulfing the room. Anedra cries out for Vergil, but unintentionally calls out a Beholder – a beast with one large central eye and a dozen others on the tips of his tenticles on his head. Vergil is there, but he doesn’t appear to be himself; his face is shifting and changing, and he is acting very strangely. Out of nowhere a swarm of bugs pops out and starts attacking the RDM. A large battle erupts against the swarm and Beholder. Rhygar ties up Virgil for safety, but he soon escapes and starts heading towards Abacus. Abacus leaps off the top stair and Swanton Bomb’s him, knocking him unconscious. Rhygar then shows how fucking awesome he is by picking up the painting and swats the bugs flat. The Beholder eventually is killed off by Abacus and 106 (what a team!).
The team then recover, and bring Vergil back down the tower partially stunned. They torch the place in the hope that no one will return. While doing so, Kattalin appears from her invisibility and slit his throat against the RDM’s wishes. She vanishes, whispering apologies as she goes. The RDM then collected the 200 gold promised by a saddened Tomas Dukain.