After the remnant of the kobold tribe had been driven out of the settlement, the party discussed what to do next. They had acquired some new information from Melna, but Gullow was a long way away and they were all but out of provisions. Further, Drakol was now in even worse shape than when they had arrived and it would be some time before they were back on their feet - much less had enough surplus to spare for their trip.
The group ultimately decided they would stay for a time and continue helping to restore the settlement. Almost a week later, a small contingent of the kobold tribe returned - this time under a banner of truce. They seemed interested only in Alina, asking her if she knew where Durtaxsteingakila had gone. Apparently they had come looking for this thing(?), but had found the human settlement instead. Tisroc told them later that he thought they may have been alluding to the legend of the Dragon.
Weeks went by. Between the party's magic and prodigious amounts of physical labor, The Crag was well on its way to recovery - though it had a long way to go yet. It was at dawn about 6 weeks later that the group was awakened by a nervous guard calling them to the bridge area.
Upon arriving, they found Radley waiting (rather uncomfortably) with two of the creatures Tisroc had identified as sphinxes. One of them was the creature they had rescued on their way to the settlement, the other looked very similar, but was slightly larger. It addressed them, asking for the feather they had been given. When Alina produced it, Thesaeya stepped forward, reached out and took hold of it, but kept it out-held toward the party. The larger sphinx spoke again, thanking them for their favor and asking what they would have the sisters do in repayment of this debt. After some questions and conferring, they asked if the sphinxes could take them to Belurn, the human settlement on the far side of the mountains. The sphinxes agreed and said they would appear at dawn the following day to depart.
The party then began making ready, saying their goodbye's and attempting to gather the provisions they could. Radley and the others were somewhat loathe to see them go, but seemed to understand.
At dawn the next day, they departed. They had been flying high above the mountains for a couple of days, stopping at night to rest, when the larger sphinx - called Marshalla told them that she and her sister required more rest than a simple sleep could provide. Below them was another human settlement which the party knew must be Tanir, The Summit. Marshalla asked if they would mind spending a couple of days there while she and her sister recovered.
It was after dark, so the group felt relatively safe with a close landing. They touched down in a dry but living forest on a plateau near the spiraling peak-city of Tanir. It was nearly midnight as they approached the large gates of the city's lowest level.