Sent against the matron of the Bleth family, Anefsina Bleth on papers found in the lair of the necromancer, Borrit Crowfinger, the Skull-Scalps begin making the two-day journey from Norsig to Anefsina Bleth‘s lands on the Blood Moor. Stopping at a cross roads halfway, Tarag tells the band that the crossroads are haunted by Elven ghosts. No sooner has Tarag spun his tale than a white-cloaked figure appears, greeting Lucan by name and bearing the very shackles with which the Troll King had used to imprison the Dwarf. The figure is none-other than Lucan’s former cell-mate, the Eladrin Rualiss. Rauliss reveals that the town of Moonstair – a days ride down the road – fancies themselves Elf-descendants, their banditry on the crossroads giving rise to stories of the Elven ghosts.
After a brief talk, Rauliss requests the Skull-Scalps help. It seems that the Troll King’s forces are on the march. While blocked in the Dun by the armies of the Seelie Court, the Troll King has opted to move troops across the surface, attacking Moonstair. With Khepri, Lucan and Percius hoping to earn the favour of the Seelie Shee and return to the Dun (and avoid having suffered the sun as the Elf race did), the Skull-Scalps send Tarag to face Bleth alone and rush to Moonstair, encountering the forces of the Troll King along the way.