Evil rises, crawling from the depths where it has been waiting, held at bay. The Circle stands strong, resolute and ready for the trials ahead, but there is something about the taint, the darkness. It is different-distinct and cruel. What if Aranur's defenders cannot hold the line? What if the darkness is too much to bear? Tyrius, a young member recently accepted into the Circle, sets off on a routine visit outside his home within Daerheart Forest. Nothing could prepare him for the journey that awaits. Never again will Aranur be the same.