When Sheen realizes that she mixed up the two dead men they encountered on their way Ascanor Lodge, she quickly informs Duristan and Cilas Graydon of her mistake. After all the party doesn’t want Duristan to get into trouble with the margrave for a murder he didn’t commit. Both are relieved to hear that Gradon’s friend, Echtmore Draven, was in fact killed by a monster and not mistaken for a werewolf.
After a long day of research the party finds out about a place sacred to Desna where they perhaps could commune with the goddess of stars, dreams and travel to find out more about their quarry. They decide to head out the next day. However the same evening the guests of the lodge are attacked by an enormous spider. The party manages to take the spider down, but Sheen and some of the guests are taken down by the beast’s poison. It will take some time to recover and the party postpones their journey to the Stairs of the Moon until Sheen recovers.
Nuna finds out that the spider was in fact lured into the lodge from the beast kennels with a trail of blood. It’s clear that someone planned the attack. Was it their goal to stop the party from reaching the Stairs of the Moon? Estovion Lozarov accuses and arrests the kennelmaster. He claims that the kennelmaster released to the spider, because his affections for Markiza Welgory had been spurned. The party is not so sure of this.
When they head out to the Stairs of the Moon, Duristan insists on joining them together with his two remaining guards. On their way they are again attacked by werewolves of the Primal clan. Another of Duristan’s guards is killed in the fight, but despite that, they easily dispatch the attacking werewolves, but it quickly becomes clear that more of them are on their way. A wild chase to the Stairs of the Moon begins.