''[[Third Age]] 5924'': Cosach, [[Tarens]], and [[Dakar]] depart from [[Halwythwood]] in the spring. Not eager to reunite with [[Arithon]], [[Dakar]] does his best to stall and slips away in [[Backwater]]. [[Tarens]] searches the town while Cosach secures a boat. Cosach is able to recapture [[Dakar]] when the [[Mad Prophet]] slips out of [[Backwater]] in the night. He reunites with [[Tarens]] south of [[Athili]] and the trio resume the trip to [[Ettinmere]]. At the base of [[Tiendarion]], [[Dakar]] fashions [[wards]] to avoid detection by the [[Ettin]] shamans.
Tarens travels ahead up [[Tiendarion]] and encounters [[Arithon]] capturing [[iyats]] with Shadow and song. Cosach follows and challenges the prince to help defend [[Rathain]]'s clans from [[The Hatchet]]'s invasion force. [[Dakar]]'s arrival triggers a memory of [[Arithon]]'s capture by the [[Koriathain]] in [[Third Age]] 5674.