While on their way to Lake Hesperon, Flypps, Lantern, and Callum are ambushed and knocked unconscious by goblins. When they awaken, they find themselves in jail cells of a goblin stronghold. Callum manages to pick the lock of his cell, and Lantern hypnotizes the guard to obtain his keys. The group escapes and finds Tyran’kai being held in another cell. The four quickly escape to a courtyard, where through polymorphing and illusions, are able to escape the keep. They discover during their escape that the keep belongs to goblin pirates – one such pirate is Korrash the Haggard, and that they are on Lake Hesperon.
After escaping the keep as fish, they venture to a nearby village. They hear from several traveling scholars that Esperatch refers to a location.