he group make their way down the Patola river in two canoes as the cold weather bites at their necks. As they travel a small island in the river has a group of Imperial soldiers camped out atop it, who spot the approaching canoes. The party paddles faster and speed towards the shore, leaping off their boats and into combat as the river rushes past. A short and vicious battle pushes the unprepared troops back who attempt to get in a boat of their own on the other side, but are foiled as Aumanil freezes it in place, causing them the survivors to leap into the rivers current. The group rushes after in their boats and close the distance on the men struggling to swim to safety. As the river suddenly grows in speed approaching a few outcroppings, most of the men manage to climb atop a rock. The two canoes speed by and the party take down 3 more with ranged attacks, until they notice too late the swirling vortex in the center of the river and it sucks them as well as the few men that did not climb out under water.
As the whirling vortex pulls them under water it slams them into a rock outcropping against the canyon wall, trapping them there as the current immobilizes them. Aumanil is able to use his ability as a waterbender to evade the vortex and is washed up against a large rock a few yards past it. As the group as well as the empire troops are trapped against the rocks, struggling to get above water, a massive creature bursts out of its’ lair within the canyon walls, hidden by plants and foliage. The creature sends out an unearthly wail as it flaps its massive wings, the shriek sending out violently powerful waves of sound. The creature flies down and grabs at the group of people trapped by the current, just missing Fang Po Po as he pulls himself out of the water and leaps onto the rocks. Its claws wrap around a imperial soldier and Tsing Tao, who is unable to escape its iron grip. Aumanil runs along the water, forming ice beneath his feet as he goes, and leaps onto a rock with Po-Po. They make eye contact as the waterbender sends out shards of deadly ice, slamming them all into the foot containing the martial artist. The beast shrieks in pain as Tsing Toa falls towards the whirl pool, only to be caught by a thick buffet of air made by Po-Po, who struggles to bring him over to the rock where they stand. Meanwhile, Talin and Kio manage to fight their ways onto the rock they were trapped against, while Higen still struggles against it, hindered by his heavy armor. Talin grits his teeth in anger at the whole situation as he pulls back 3 arrows in succession and watches two find their mark in the beast while Kio follows with a couple fire blasts, one slamming into its chest. Its obvious by now the creature was expecting an easy meal and confronted with the new threat prepares to get serious. Fow Bang Chow has climbed onto the rock now as well, and prepares to throw his mighty sword, Valorun. The beast soars towards the rock with Aumanil on it, as the waterbender make a wall of ice to block the current trapping Higen. As the creature flies their way it flings the firebender with its claws, and as the imperial soldier flies by the rock, Tsing Toa hits him in the chest in mid air with a spinning jump kick, sending the man flying into the canyon wall and crushing him. As the creature reaches the rock it sends out a violent impact of sound with a flap of its wings, exploding the rock beneath them and sending them all flying into the water. Aumanil is able to create a block of ice to land on and Po-Po uses his airbending to stand on the surface, but Tsing Toa is sucked under and slammed against the ice wall Aumanil made. Higen hits one of the order troops in the face with the butt of his crossbow, knocking the man unconscious, and pulls himself out of the water. Kio and Talin fire more projectiles while Fow Bang Chow throws his sword with mighty speed and it finds its mark, piercing deep into its scaly hide, causing it to slam into the canyon wall. Po-Po assaults it with gales of furious wind and forces it to reverse direction, while aumanil encases the remaining imperial soldiers in a box of spiked ice, trapping and spearing them while Tsing Toa climbs atop the rock. Po-Po attempts to slash at it with condensed air, but it lets out a short high pitched sound from its maw and the air seems to disperse mid flight. Fow Bang Chow follows up by lobbing a massive boulder from the side of the cliff, finally landing a serious injury. Talin, realizing this is his last arrow, lines up a carefully planted shot and fires. The arrow strikes true and pierces through the eye. It crashes onto a large rock, dead. Fow Bang Chow leaps to the rock and takes a tooth, adding it to teeth already around his neck from the Battle Titan and Low Dragon of Asloth. Aumanil finds the one boat that wasn’t wrecked and the make their way down the river.
As they near the end, they come across a area of flooded ruins where the the water is hot from steam vents, causing the area to have an abnormal abundance of life. Getting out of the boat, all by Kio and Aumanil approach the ruins. There seem to be some kind of orange growth hanging from the limbs of a tree, and on a second look there are many of them throughout the trees. As they move through the warm water, just above their knees in height, a flock of birds fly out of the trees, startling the group. Fow Bang Chow has become impatient and throws his sword into a tree full of the football sized growths. It does the trick and the things unwrap their veiny wings, sending them swarming into the group. Talin curses under his breath as the mosquito like creatures approach. Po-Po jumps to action and sends out a torrent of air into the small fliers, breaking the wings and fragile bodies. He then leaps deep into the ruins and attempts to assault all the creatures before they reach his allies. There seems to be many more of the creatures than they thought, and they begin to be swarmed. Each time the bugs bite them with their long needles they latch on with their claws in an attempt to suck out the victims blood. The group fights ferociously, and have to also battle a pair of large snakes disturbed by the airbenders antics. Aumanil and Kio attempt to manage the battle from within the boat, but are suddenly grabbed from behind by massive crab like claws, and are pulled back into the water. The huge predator swims in reverse, pulling them backwards and onto a patch of sand. Kio and Aumanil both creates claws of elemental fury, one fire one ice, and lash out at the creatures eyes and maw. The beast retreats back into the water, shooting defensive ink at the benders. After the angered forest dwellers are defeated, the group searches the ruins and fines the entrance to a sealed vault. Fow Bang Chow takes the lead and they make their way within the depths. Inside is a chest that, when opened, contains a collection of ancient air nomad artifacts from the abandoned silver mine. Including a fortunes worth of silver pieces, each worth their weight in gold for the historic value. Bagging what they can, they move out of the river into the thick forest, and from a hill they can see the massive army camped in the valley before them, and about 200 yards away is the POW camp in an open expanse of valley. Now the mission begins.