Our heroes are only a few days travel from the Dream Spire, and only about a day behind Vaslo and companions, when Zylah and Muroni have a dream showing them the way to the Dream Spire, and feel a compulsion to follow it – to the Southwest. The next morning, they tell the group about their dream. Shemhazai believes it is a false dream, perhaps sent by Vaslo's Companion, to lead them off track. Deegan points out that the tracks they are following lead to the Southeast, and the Dream Spire is also in that direction, confirming that the direction of the Southwest is incorrect. But questions still linger, as to why the dream was sent, and why the only slightly different direction? Ultimately, it is decided to dismiss the dream currently, and continue on the path already chosen.
Over the next few days, several more individuals of the group have the dream – it is always the same, leading the dreamer through the jungles to the Southwest, and showing the Dream Spire, with the setting sun in glory behind it. The heroes reach Titan's Teeth, and proceed to climb up the mountain. Darkness falls after making progress of two-thirds of the way to the top; fortunately, there is a ledge that makes a perfect camping spot handy.
In the middle of the night, those on watch hear sounds of battle from above, which awakens some few of the other party members. Drakeus sends Blackwing to investigate; he reports seeing large forms before the dromite sees Blackwing. The raven flees back down the mountain. After some small discussion, it is decided to head the rest of the way up the mountain, in hopes of catching Vaslo's group before the reach the Dream Spire, and while they are still (hopefully) weakened from the other battle.
Shemhazai makes several trips to dimension door the group up the mountain. After the last trip, several hear the sounds of whistling coming closer. Our heroes hold, taking cover, as the whistler passes – and makes toward the location of the battle. A cry of horror soon follows in a giantish voice. Zylah steps forward to engage the giant in conversation, to discuss what had passed, as there had been no other signs of Vaslo's group.
Apparently, a small tribe of stone giants lived atop the mountain, here to guard the valley of the Dream Spire – the cursed valley, as they refer to it. It is forbidden to enter, so they simply lived outside. This particular giant was a scout, who had returned to a slaughter – and indeed, it looks as if Vaslo's group had decimated the giant's tribe. Zylah convinces him to help our heroes, to lead them to the valley and take revenge on the murderers.
Our heroes travel throughout the rest of the night, pushing themselves to reach Vaslo and his group before they have a chance to rest – and more importantly, before they have a chance to enter the Spire. As the sun rises over the mountains, our heroes reach the valley of the Spire. The Spire is a huge, well over 100 ft tall, spiral tower. At the foot stands a huge half-giant – the one described as accompanying Vaslo and his companion back in Sharn, but much, much larger. Also in the valley is the Riedran male that was described; the dromite is nowhere to be seen. At the top of the Spire, frantically working at the door, is Vaslo – and his companion, whom Muroni and Proust recognize as their former friend, Val'vakri.
This turn of events stuns the party momentarily, but only momentarily, and the battle is joined.