Quinn shares the details of his dream with the group and they decide to focus their efforts on finding Hargo Rogan. They ask around town and eventually run into an old associate of Hargo’s named Reiley. As is turns out, Hargo owes Reiley a large sum of money. Reiley refuses to tell the party anything unless they agree to repay the debt, as he is beginning to suspect that he won’t be seeing Hargo again. The party is willing to take on the debt but has no way to get the money. Reiley suggests an impromptu bareknuckle match at the tavern in which they are meeting. Torc agrees to fight and wins enough money to satisfy the debt. Reiley reveals that Hargo has been acting very strange lately. Hargo’s plan was to travel to a small mining town at the foot of the Iceshields and use the money he borrowed to mount an expedition into the mountains.
Since Hadley Rogan (Seth and Quinn’s father) is in charge of several supply caravans which travel between the Iceshields and the capital, it is a simple matter for the party to find a group heading north. They also meet an old friend of Torc’s named Morgrim, who decides to join them. It is fairly late in the year so there are few travelers on the roads. At one point during the journey, the group is attacked by a pack of drudge. However, the party proves to be more than a match for the creatures. The group arrives in the mining town and begins asking around about Hargo. In one of the inns they visit, the innkeeper tells them that there is a letter waiting for them. The party is somewhat surprised by this and asks who the letter is from. The innkeeper says only that a man delivered it several weeks ago and paid him to give it to a group matching their description. The letter turns out to be from Urick and warns the party not to follow Hargo into the mountains. The party questions the innkeeper further about how he got the letter. He describes the man who delivered it and his description matches that of Urick. The innkeeper is unable to tell them anything else of use so they return to asking about Hargo. Eventually they find that Hargo was indeed trying to hire a guide, but no one was willing to risk a trek into the mountains at this time of year. They are told that he would not be dissuaded and set out on his own. By all accounts this is an act of suicide. The party decides to purchase whatever gear they can afford and follow Hargo.