- Minmax and Forgath use the magic tea to teleport to the Goblin party's location. Kin remains behind in the Maze of Many, since she wants the teapot itself, which has to be carried out of the dungeon.
- The Goblins are being hunted by Kore and are trapped against the entrance to a dungeon crawl, the puzzle for which they are having difficulty solving. Upon sighting Kore, Minmax and Forgath establish a truce with the Goblins. Minmax helps the Goblins open the door to the dungeon, but it slams shut as soon as they enter, leaving Forgath trapped outside with Kore.
- Forgath is no match for Kore, but is able to knock his helmet off, revealing him to be some variety of undead. Badly wounded, Forgath rolls off the bridge they're fighting on so that Kore can't take his soul; Kore continues into the dungeon in pursuit of the Goblin party.
- Forgath is rescued by several Kliks that bond to his body, healing his severe injuries and saving his life. This gives him a bizarre, amalgamated appearance, as parts of his body have been replaced by stone and metal.
- Having lost both Kin and Forgath, Minmax suffers a nervous breakdown. Complains wants to kill him, but Thaco stops him, saying there's no point. Minmax reluctantly joins the Goblin party, but forms an unlikely bond with Fumbles.
- Forgath encounters Bowst and Idle (a human and elf, respectively) who are both afflicted with a large number of curses after surviving a dungeon crawl. They are accompanied by Ward, a Klik that ate Bowst's cursed sword and acquired all of its attributes (including the ability to talk). They recruit Forgath into their party in the hope that he can begin removing their numerous curses once he levels up.
- During the night, one of the Kliks inhabiting the chasm where Bowst and Idle have been staying eats part of Forgath's shapeshifting weapons, causing it to become warped and corrupted (according to Ward; we don't see this happen). Ward orders the party to find and kill the renegade Klik before it destroys the realm.
- Minmax and the Goblin party navigate the dungeon crawl. Little of note happens, although Big Ears is incidentally revealed to be gay.
- During a battle, the Axe of Prissan shatters. Demonic energy and creatures begin to pour out of the broken axe. Big Ears initially believes that this is due to his own dishonorable behavior (i.e., attacking Kore from behind), but later deduces from a conversation with a demon that the axe was designed to break eventually.
- This same conversation contains a lot of exposition about Kore and the Greyhill Paladins, but it's very confusing and hard to keep straight. The short version is that the axe isn't really a demonic prison, but a bridge between hell and the mortal realm. A demon god is attempting to use the axe to break through, and when he does, the realm will be transformed into an extension of hell.
- With no obvious way to destroy or dispose of the axe, the Goblins plan to perform a ceremony that will name one of their party as the new teller of their clan, who will in turn be able to name a new chief. The chief will then be able to pray directly to the Goblin god for assistance in dealing with the axe.
- While discussing their plans, the party happens upon a large hoard of loot, but one of the treasures is a booby-trapped grenade that destroys all of the other treasure and nearly kills several Goblins. The decision is made to perform the teller ceremony immediately, as tellers gain access to low-level cleric spells and healing magic. Because Fumbles is the only remaining able-bodied Goblin, he is selected to become teller.
- The ceremony begins, but is disrupted by demons from the axe. Fumbles survives, but ends up absorbing a large number spirits, making him a very powerful teller.
- Meanwhile, Forgath, Bowst, and Idle hunt for the rogue Klik, but they begin to notice the landscape changing. Demonic energy from the Axe of Prissan is leaking into the realm and beginning to corrupt it. Fissures are opening up in the ground, monsters are popping up out of nowhere…
… and that brings us to where we are now.