The heroes mark port at Solon and prepared to travel overland to the Lost City. At a local eatery, the hire two women, Melitta and Pelagia as guides. Galen hears about a retired master of the Lakedaimon Agoge, the Numan dueling style, in the town of Metsovo, which is on their path.
They set out on the journey, which they expect to take about a week. They spend the night in Metsovo, and go to meet the dueling master Nikephoros. They discover that he's being harassed by a gang of local strongmen. Since they can't talk the gang down, they have to resort to violence. Galen easily defeats the toadies and Jacov shoots the sword out of the hands of the ringleader. Philipe tells them it would be better to "come back tomorrow".
They learn that Kyros, the ringleader is charging a toll to cross his family land to the public well. Galen uses logic to convince him that he'll earn no respect by extorting people for water. Nikephoros, afraid that the thugs will come back, agrees to travel with them and teach Galen, if he can prove his dedication.
They reach the lost city, and their guides tell them that they wait for them outside the cyclopean ruin. Nikephoros waits with them. The heroes continue on into the ancient ruin.
The streets are silent and empty, and when Philipe and Galen decide to explore one of the buildings, Jacov waits in the street. He is attacked by a monstrous bird with a woman's face and shrunken breasts. The others rush into the street to aid him. Soon the monster is left dead, and her dying shriek is echoed by others across the city…