The party returns to Redcliffe and learns that they must secure the heart of a Snowy Wyvern in order to complete the potion for Grand Enchanter Vivienne. They also learn that a band of Nevarran dragon hunters are already hunting the quarry, and stopped off at Red Wolf Hold.
At Red Wolf Hold, they learn that a disagreement with the local Avaar (and the death of Red Wolf Hold’s hold animal) has led the Avaar to begin raiding the Grey Wardens. The party also learns that their griffons have been injured in the fighting, and Fiohra at last seems to warm to her Griffon, whom she names “Voss”, a “Vessel for her Power.” The party therefore leaves the hold, heading in the direction of the Nevarran hunters, but are ambushed by a group of Avaar.
During the ambush, Ovan convinces the Avaar to hold a Trial of the Sky Mother, a contest in which two sides try to climb a mountain as quickly as possible. After some persuasion, the Avaar agree and exchange hostages, Ovan for one of their own.
The party returns to the keep with their hostage, who questions Fiohra’s abilities. She assures him that not only is she a witch, but also a demon.
On the day of the contest, the Avaar of suspicious of Fiohra’s interference, but Michel manages to keep her from casting any blood magic to influence the outcome of the contest. Lucia climbs against Torhild Stonefeather. Lucia prevails, and Torhild announces his intentions to court Lucia.
With the Sky-Mother’s favor assured, the Stone-feather Avaar agree to stop raiding the Grey Wardens for at least one year. In turn, the wardens agree to let them check up on and visit Hogun.
Back at Red-Wolf Keep, Ovan and Hogun share an emotional reunion, and it is revealed that Moira Bluehill is recruiting other Avaar holds for a future attack on the Grey Wardens. Furthermore, she intends to press her suit against the Grey Wardens at the upcoming Landsmeet.