While staying at Castle Criag, the party was surprised when a man entered the tavern that Tobin knew – it was his adoptive older brother, Samuel. He explained to Tobin that their mother had died, and he had some misgivings about his father and how Tobin was seemingly “sold off” to a man known as “J”. After some catching up, Sam decided to accompany the party to Hellgate Keep, despite the danger, as he wanted to remain with Tobin – the only family he still cared about.
While on the way to the Keep, the party encountered a man being harassed by a pack of wolves. Aroland Swiftwind identified the alpha dominated its mind with magic, calling the pack off the traveler. He introduced himself as Adon, and went on his way to Arabel. Dalren Dlardrageth then appeared to Aroland, and eventually the rest of the party, to discuss what would happen at Hellgate Keep. Through their arguments with him, the party decided to try and “steal” the ritual from Malkazid, completing it in their own way to ensure the spirits within were released to their planes and not imprisoned or used by Malkazid for his own purposes.