After reuniting with the rest of their army, the crew must continue on their campaign. But the hedge brings danger their way and opportunities must be prioritized.
The crew decided to
sacrifice leave their friend Lyssa Thompson, who they had rescued from a horrible fate, to the tender caresses of Tindalos, the True Fae.
Once out of its domain, and with their army whole, they proceeded through the Hedge toward The Chasm of Discordant Harmonies. Along the way, the forest they had been in shifted, dream-like, to a gigantic, disused mansion. Exploring there revealed two things. First, Clide was acting uncharacteristically friendly and helpful. Second, that the halls weren’t abandoned.
Vincent had tossed a pebble off the path to mess with an old clock, when the corner where the clock met the wall yawned open and glowing red eyes peered back at him. He ran for the main column, as a gigantic Ogre came after them. The Ogre bellowed at them to stay on the path and that straying from it would bring more Nightmare Hounds, which he also described as the Hounds of Tindalos. The army was forced to retreat.
Along the way, Mattias spied the Watchtower of the Lunargent Thorn. He left the path (and the retreating army) and with the assistance of his time magic, ran toward the tower. There, he met Tempus, and was forced to pass a trial: working his way inside a circle of stones connected by silvery strands or else be consumed by the Abyss. Mattias accidentally broke one of the strands and tried his best to repair it with only modest success. He manipulated the others to create a path for himself and entered the circle. Once there, Mattias ascended the tower and rewrote his name in the book he found at the summit. At the foot of the tower, he found a chess piece (a rook) made of lunargent.
Meanwhile, the army sent a scouting party to what appeared to be the entrance to the Chasm of Discordant Harmonies.