This week our heroes make their way from the River Greylin and into the Withered Heath. There they continue to track the Umbarian corsairs to the great Watch Tower on Zirakinbar. What they discover there is far beyond a handful of pirates...
The fellowship heads deep into the Withered Heath, where they finally corner the Umbarian corsairs at the watchtower of Zirakinbar. There they discover that the Umbarian leader is the sworn enemy of Feredir, the Dunedain. He is a Black Numenorean, a former King's Men of Numenor.
In the middle of the battle with the Umbarian corsairs, a giant dragon swoops low and lands at the watchtower on Zirakinbar. The pirates had been banking on the dragon, named Raenar, to take them across the land to Mordor where they would deliver the Elendil stone unto the enemy. Raenar, as it turns out, has his own opinions on the matter.
The battle-weary heroes stumble into Erebor. There they meet a Blue Wizard. He has some bad news... They are being hunted by the great wolf- Taurmyrnoth. The group decides that they must take the retrieved Elendil Stone to the elves in Rivendell, or perhaps home to Lindon. But first they must make their way through Mirkwood, careful of the ancient evil that lays in parts of that forest.
After Raiken's brother surprises the group in Mirkwood, he aids them in battling some eight legged monsters. After dispatching these beasts, Evoric claims he can lead his brother and the group to where their father lives. He mentions an old evil that has trapped him, and that reminds a few party members of a long remembered horror from their past.
For Raiken and Angolan, this is the culmination of a lifetime of fear and intrigue about creatures of shadow, specifically one referred to as Morulunn. Raiken's brother is at a breaking point with his hysterical obedience to his dead father. And when the creature from Avathar decides to show up, all hell breaks loose.