Though he was not yet prepared to discuss the business of the Midnight’s Own with the UTA, Ypaugh did agree to show them the way to Kazak’Tul. Early the next morning, our heroes left Gloomwrought and braved the wilderness of the Skins, bound for Kazak’Tul. Not long into their journey, they came to the base of a low ridge, and Ypaugh explained that they should proceed up the hillside with caution. When they reached the top, they found the shriveled, blackened remains of a man nailed to a cross. Ypaugh explained that this wretched creature was the Dead Man, who had once been the high priest of Nerull. Nerull, as Orsik remembered, had been the god of death before the Raven Queen. Ages ago, she had slain him and taken his domain as her own. Afterward, Ypaugh explained, she had punished the old god’s foremost disciples, including this man. Ypaugh had brought them to this place because the Dead Man was known to help travelers to find hidden locations. Lief summoned the courage to speak first, asking him where they could find Manfred Frost. The ruins of the Dead Man’s body shuddered, and as he craned his ancient neck, he seemed to gaze far into the distance though his eyes were stitched shut. A single skeletal finger extended northeast, toward Kazak’Tul. Finn next asked where they might find Kalarel’s army. The Dead Man’s head slowly turned, and pointed this time due west. Our heroes filed that information away for another day, and set off for Kazak’Tul. As they left that place, Orsik solemnly considered his own fate should he fail in his quest to save his Queen. Surely Vorkhesis would not be more merciful to his enemies than his Mistress had been to hers. Orsik stole one last glance at the Dead Man as the hilltop vanished in the distance. He would not fail.