After returning from their ordeal aboard the Funereal Ship, the party returns to Kalsgard. Having to pass through the Bone Quarter on their way to the city proper, they check in on Sandru’s caravan. Sandru informs the party that his preparations for the journey north are now completed and he is eager to leave as soon as the guide Ulf Gormandr is found. The faerie Spivey recognises the flying golden helm that has been accompanying Koya, identifying it as a fellow servant of Desna. The party takes the opportunity to rest in the relative safety of the caravan.
The party’s next destination is the Temple of Shelyn, offered as a safe-house for the party by the Varki tracker woman Uksahkka. On the way to the temple the party notices the Blood Feather Raven perched ominously nearby. After scaring it off with one of Shalelu’s arrows, the party is rocked by a thunderous crashing. Panicked citizens flee the area and as the crowds clear the party see that the entire facade of the temple had collapsed, crushing innocent bystanders. A colossal earth elemental had been recently summoned and has smashed its way through the front of the temple, slowly searching within.
Shalelu springs into action by scouting the temple’s damaged perimeter for an alternate entrance. Climbing to a high window, she notices an unconscious old man inside, dressed in the colourful vestments that indicate a priest of Shelyn. Shalelu dashes to the old man’s aid as the gigantic monster approaches ever closer, but a celestial crow summoned by Koya comes to the rescue and flies around its head to keep it distracted. As Shalelu pulls the priest away from the earth elemental, Traftar summons an obedient ball of fire to scorch at the creature’s feet and direct its movements. The blazing flames crack the stones at its feet, showing to be a highly effective weapon. Indeed the creature is so damaged that it turns to notice the party, pulling down a nearby stone wall that Hirohito and Ignatious have to scramble to avoid being crushed
With the entrance to the ruin obscured by rubble, the elemental smashes its way through a side wall into the street where it catches Traftar off-guard. Hirohito comes to his defense but is greviously crushed by the creature’s unstoppable stone fists. As Traftar scrambles to work his healing magic on the injured samurai the elemental burrows through the ground to appear beside them both and with a massive sweep of its arm both heroes are clobbered with a single brutal cleave. Hirohito retaliates with his katana but fails to land its blade, but then re-focuses his mind on this vital task (and spends a hero point) to unleash a second, unexpected katana swing that cuts heavily into the assailant’s rocky arm and deals it a greivous injury.
With the giant hulk injured by blade and fire but still endangering the injured party with its fury and incredible strength, Ignatious sees he has an opportunity to intervene to end the fight and save his friends. Noticing the effectiveness of fire on damaging the elemental, Ignatious summons a huge gout of fire within his lungs. At first he cannot find a good angle to spray the flames without hitting his friends but when an opening occurs he rushes forward and bathes the elemental in a hellish gout. The creature moves to avoid this attack but is badly positioned and finds itself immolated. The creature’s magical nature is unable to continue sustaining this greatly damaged shell and expires, and the creature begins to fall apart, the bulk of its body collapsing sideways into a nearby building that crashes around the burning remains.
With this unexpected but dangerous threat overcome, the party enters the ruined temple to find Uksahkka.