A lantern is burning somewhere beyond, giving a glimpse of a finished stone chamber set with marble flagstones.
This odd-shaped chamber extends outward in three sections, and it is about 60 feet wide at its end. Though its frescoed walls suggest a sort of temple, it resembles a storeroom now, with boxes and crates stacked in piles. In the center of room stands an enormous open stone archway. Adjacent to it is a large steel cage on a low cart, somehow obscured in shadow. Within the cage, two fierce hounds appear to be wrapped in darkness as they snarl and claw at the door.
A short figure all in black threatens the snarling hounds with a spear through the bars of the cage. Two more dark creepers push the cart toward the arch. Farther along, a tall, gray-skinned female is inspecting a stack of crates. None of them appear to notice him.
He reports back and they send Lain, and Braga ahead while they trail they are able to partially get the drop on the creatures and battle breaks out.
They creatures succumb to the outlanders superior tactics largely in part to Kitar using her abilities to keep the brunt of the attacks on her.