After waking up, the group mounted their rented griffins and took off, headed northwest into the northern Gray Peaks. Flying at an altitude of about 60 feet, the group spotted a horde of slivers headed towards the White Lotus academy, but was informed by Azaerai that they had been spotted and that the school would be able to handle it. Reassured, the group quickly flew off, and into the oncoming snowstorm.
A few hours later, the snowstorm turned into an unnaturally cold blizzard. Suddenly, the storm coalesced into a creature, which quickly harried the party out of the sky. They landed in an iced-over clearing to take care of this new threat, a blizzard elemental. The group dismounted, and up above some smaller elementals circled over the clearing. The griffins, freed of their riders, headed back up into the sky to chase the smaller elementals.
The group then set to work on the blizzard elemental and the stragglers. Hanzo and Jtal, a new recruit from the academy, pinned the elemental down with spells and neutralized it, sending it into a slumber. They then focused on the cerulean wyverns and the windstriker that joined the battle. Blaze and Balasar wore down one of the wyverns for a bit, then Blaze threw down his weapons and attempted to cow it into submission. This failed horribly, and the group was forced to kill the wyvern in self-defense.
Jtal and another unnamed, but suspicious sorcerer (Frank) wore down the windstriker, and Blaze managed to land the final blow. This left only one wyvern left, which the group quickly disabled and tied up. Blaze tried to convince the group to either bring the wyvern along, or tie it up somewhere safe until it could be retrieved, reasoning that if someone rode it, that would be one less griffin to rent. He was overruled, however, and the group ended up leaving it tied up and exposed to the elements.
After three more hours of flight, at around midnight, the group noticed that the blizzard had died down, but that the winds that lashed their faces stung a lot more. The sting, it turned out, happened to be from a lot of wind-borne sand, which rasped abrasively on the party and their mounts, threatening to leave them blinded and chaffed. The party soon spotted the source of the sand, a huge landmass flying about 750 feet above the ground and topped with a desert. Jtal identified this as an earthmote, or more specifically, a desertmote, which is a chunk of land ripped from the earth and sent aloft by the spellplague. Seeking refuge, the party decided to land on the desertmote and attempt to set up a camp.
The dominating feature of the mote was the mountain, with a large cave in the side of it. Scattered throughout the sands of the desert were shreds of blue skin and scales, and dead manipulator slivers. The scales and skin were most likely from the blue dragon that captured Hazarak, which seemed to have fought some slivers here. The group quickly made a camp and rested until the early morning, then headed into the cave.
The inside of the cave were steeped in the deep darkness common to underground areas, pierced only by the lights that Balasar, Blaze, and Hanzo carried. The air within the cave had a reptilian stench to it, mixed with the acrid smells found in the other sliver burrow that the group explored. Before long, the group found out why this was, as a large, horned sliver and some manipulator slivers, led by Hazarak ambushed them.
The suspicious sorcerer, Hanzo, and Jtal quickly incapacitated Hazarak, and the rest of the group engaged the slivers, who burrowed into the walls of the cave to evade attacks. One of them jumped Jtal and attempted to burrow into her brain, but her armor suddenly grew spines and killed the hapless sliver. Eventually, the group finished off the visible slivers and wandered throughout the cave. They came upon a room filled with what looked like a small portion of the dragon’s horde (see the game discussion for its contents), where they decided to take a breather. Even while resting, however, all eyes were on the walls, which occasionally rippled when an errant sliver passed through it, near the surface.