Our heroes return the Lady Argentea to the village of Heldren, and gear up for the journey to the portal. On their way, they encounter a trio of frost skeletons(accidently animated days ago by the bandit leader Rohkar experimenting with necromancy), a pair of frost firs(animate trees that likely wandered through the portal from the northlands), and found the body of hunter Dryden Kepp, whose journal warned of a giant weasel stalking the woods.
Next, they came accross a maze of ice in a clearing, haunted by the phantom of a little ulfen girl named Thora. She had been taken by a witch named Nazhena Vasilovna, killed, and her soul used to animate a guardian doll, which was eventually defeated by our heroes. As they set up camp for the night, the heroes are attacked first by the giant white weasel mentioned in the hunter’s diary, and later in the night by the ice mephit Izoze. The mephit is slain, and the weasel captured. Efforts to tame the beast end up mostly fruitless.
In the morning, the heroes set out to assault the camp at the portal. They battle several fey, and the leader, a moss troll named Teb Knotten. Soon after the northern invaders are defeated, a mysterious dark figure rides out of the portal. He reveals himself to be the Black Rider, last surviving herald of Baba Yaga. He informs our heroes that Baba Yaga has gone missing, and her daughter Queen Elvanna of Irrisen is seeking to conquer the world, entombing it in an ice age. He entrusts the heroes with the task of stealing the Dancing Hut and finding Baba Yaga.
But first, our heroes must close the portal, and it can only be closed from the White Tower in Irrisen, on the other side of the portal.