Moving through Khyber, the group happened upon an old fortress, now in ruins. At first believing the ruins to be inhabited, they crept quietly up on the motionless forms surrounding the walls. As they grew closer, they realized that the forms were too still, their flesh having been transformed into stone.
The medusae were dispatched along with their basilisk pets, and the team soon managed to reverse the petrification of warriors frozen for centuries. After explaining their situation and updating the recently awakened adventurers, the team settled in to the ruins for an extended rest.
Not long after, the party was visited by a dream. Zirithian, the Vampire Lord of Phaervorul summoned them to his chambers to test their mettle. After displaying their arrogance and skill, the vampire drow determined that they would be strong enough to fight the Demon Queen of the Drow, and that he would lead them to her palace.