Clues from the battle at Hargrave lead the Ivers and Durants to the home of Miles Kent, the local tanner. There, they discover that aside from the arrow that struck Lady Celyne, she has also suffered the effects of a poison derived from the Frostweed plant, poison that had been applied to a bear skin cloak. After questioning Alia, a bar wench at the Resting Place, about Miles Kent, as well as talking with Maester Liam, the heroes are left with only one choice: Venture out to the Barrowlands, and attempt to learn the recipe to create an antidote for the Frostweed poison. But time is of the essence, for if they are not able to discover the antidote, the poison will freeze Lady Celyne from the inside out.
From both Alia and the bar tender of the Resting Place, the heroes learn about the supposed existence of a Barrows Witch – some believe her real, many believe her just to be a story used to scare children. Regardless, the party embarks out to the barrowlands, tracking the horses of two Hargrave men who abandoned the attack on the Ivers welcoming party. For two days, Arturis tracks the horses as far as he is able, and the party comes across one of many crypts out in the barrows. While investigating, they accidentally set off a booby trap of Greycap gas – meant to ward off grave robbers – but are able to escape the crypt without incident.
That night, while the party camps out outside the crypt, they are attacked by a group of 8 Sentinels – bandits who prey upon non-Northerners. Arturis was on watch, and along with Ser Arden, they are able to fight off the attackers, though Arden, Mardric, and Gavan suffer grievous injuries without their armor. The two remaining Sentinels attempt to claim Gavan as a hostage, but Arden is able to talk them down, and they flee. Arturis kills one and runs down the other, capturing him as a hostage. With assistance, the heroes are able to mount up and make haste back to Hargrave to treat their wounded.
While Arturis and Ser Elson interrogate their new prisoner, Maester Liam does his best to heal the party’s wounds, and informs them that time is running out. An antidote must be found immediately, or Lady Celyne will be lost. While Gavan unsuccessfully asks his father to send more men with them, Arden is able to convince young Kieran to join them on the mission. A week after returning to Hargrave, the heroes set out once more for the barrowlands.
Following information gained from the prisoner, the heroes know where the Barrows witch crypt lies, and make haste to its location. The first night out, they encounter a group of malnourished men seeking shelter inside a crypt, and Ser Arden fools them into thinking that there was a crypt of food several miles back to the East. Duped by the deception, the men hurry off to find the crypt.
While continuing through the barrowlands, the party is set upon by a abnormal flock of crows. Though they attempt to hide inside a crypt, the birds attack both Arden and Gavan, though they are quickly scared away. The group nears the location of the Barrows witch’s crypt, but while making camp one night, the party all experience separate, terrible nightmares, and wake up simultaneously to find someone approaching. The figure, all in white and accompanied by 5 large white direwolves, tells them she is the Pale Witch. The Barrows Witch was once part of the witches counsel, but was removed due to her war against all those from the South. The Pale witch warns of the dangers ahead, but when the heroes will not budge from their mission, the Pale Witch uses her powers to take the party immediately to the crypt of the Barrows witch, which has a tree above the entrance – a tree that does not possess leaves, but severed human heads, who have had their eyes gouged out.
Inside the crypt, Mardric discovers a torture chamber, along with several scrolls that reference the witch, and the Northerners’ reluctance at serving her. In a room that appears to be a religious sanctum, comprised of benches and a strange alter, the heroes are attacked by a group of seemingly reanimated corpses. After the corpses are put down – again – the party is joined by Lady Astryd, while Arturis is able to find a lever which reveals a secret door, leading into a dug-out portion of the crypt. In one room, they find wall carvings depicting men bowing before a woman, light shooting from her hands. Astryd is able to read the runes on the wall as well, written in the Old Tongue. Using one of the scrolls Mardric found, they activate a dial which opens a door to the witch’s chambers.
The witch ‘welcomes’ the party, mocking both the Ivers and the Durants, and uses her powers to resurrect the corpses of 4 knights who immediately attack. The efforts take their toll on the witch, who collapses on the floor, and is injured by arrows from young Kieran. However, she soon joins the fight as well. The battle rages until Arturis is able to land a killing blow on the Barrows witch, causing the reanimated corpses to collapse and rest once again. After a quick search of the witch’s chambers, Astryd takes several books with her, while Arden is able to find both a recipe for the antidote, as well as the necessary ingredients for it’s creation.
Their mission finally complete, the heroes make haste back to Hargrave, praying they’re not too late…