woken by the approach of a Imperial Patrol, the party prepares for combat. As they awake they notice Tsing Toa and Higen have vanished and the only trail left behind is the slime trail of a carrion crawler. The group lies in wait and ambushes the patrol first. After a fierce but short fight the patrol is dispatched.
Talin leads the way and the party follows the trail into a cave, only to have him be strangled by living vines hanging from the stone wall. Slashing through the vines they proceed deeper into the cave where Aumanil comes to the aid of a great female snow leopard. The creature takes a liking to him and lingers behind the group as they chase deeper after their friends.
Further within they must fight their way through a room filled with the webs of bloodsilk spiders, who harass them as they go. In the next room the cave opens up and the group encounters a massive spider with huge spear like limbs and a vicious temperament, making even the large bear seem small in comparison.
The party battles fiercely against the huge creature, and after a couple of close calls and what seems like an hour of ferocious battle, the beast is felled and just beyond the party regains their companions, slaying the responsible carrion crawler.
Making their way back to the cabin, they pitch the animals and take the canoes downriver, speeding up their travel towards the enemy camp.