The party was guided through the city on the side of the mountain by their Thri Keen guide and some guards. It quickly became evident that the city was inhabited by other Thri Keen. The party was taken to a large queen, and there was some unease about what was going to be done with them. Gygax was able to use a spell to comprehend their language, gathering that the queen was in trouble, and that a mythical mirror located in the western reaches of the desert might be of help. Gygax offered the party’s assistance via a series of elaborate gesticulations and drawings on a map. The queen and the rest of the Thri Keen accepted this offer, but were skeptical that the party would actually survive the journey. Nevertheless, they offered the party board and a feast of local food for the night.
In the morning, Brother’s Ivan’s dear camel Spitter was nowhere to be found, but the party moved onward. They rode out into the desert on what seemed to be a magic carpet dipping into the sands (the party would soon figure out that this carpet was on the top of a giant subterranean worm). They were guided once more by their Thri Keen guide from the previous day, whose name was Karakkan. Karakkan piloted the worm through drumming, and they were soon speeding through the desert. Before long, the party was attacked by scimitar-wielders that rode fast sled-ships. The party was able to fend off the attack, but found a storm of sand and lightning bearing down on them afterwards. The party braced themselves with ropes tied to harpoons that had pierced into the worm. Yet the storm was strong, sweeping Brother Ivan away. The storm frightened all, even the worm, which began to descend beneath the sands. Ander and Karakkan were able to cut themselves free from the worm, but Soveliss, Gygax, and Rein were pulled beneath the surface.
Ander and Karakkan moved quickly, pulling everyone out of the sand. The rest of the party awoke to find themselves in a strange oasis. There was a pond on which figures walked but would disappear from as soon as they left its edge, and further away from them stood a pyramid. The storms encircled the oasis, and it seemed that the party had entered another plane of existence. While most of the party tended to their wounds and rested, Rein sought audience with the spirits of the realm. He encountered an ominous spirit who said that the party had entered a place called Dir, and that he was also called Dir. “We sleep in stone,” Dir said.
The party rested and recuperated before setting off for the pyramid, sensing that they were walking towards a great danger.