Mutter and Whisper go before the Collective Council and are met with part appreciation and part shock that Lord Timberknot had not sent more warriors. The Mutter uses his newly resurfaced verbal skills to make Whisper shine as the best warrior within the Palace of Dry. An honor Whisper secretly appreciates.
They three Guards of Ira storm into the Great Hall and notify the council of an event just outside the palace walls. The Council, the guards followed by Mutter and Whisper take a spiral stone stairwell to a large walkway, overlooking the courtyard and land beyond the palace walls. They witness a massive opening in the surface of the desert, much like the ones Marky, Slash & Levy had seen, only much larger.
After some questioning, it is determined that this geographic event is cause by Quaker with the help of the Doomsday Device. All begin to fear that a clash of good and evil is near at hand.