For several moons now, the Freefolk have suffered under the cruel depredations of puppet-like horrors known as Carrionettes. Once tormented by them and now directing them is Valtherion ni Shaerach, formerly of Callas Selvarion and almost a Witch-King of the West. Unfortunately, this individual has not stopped at simply ravaging Midworld with Carrionettes and Face-takers. From his impregnable stronghold, he seeks to rend the very veil between worlds asunder… and with the help of Anubisath and the Western World Lock — his goal is well within his grasp.
To counter this new threat, the Kingdoms of Midworld are working together to find a way to breach his defenses within the Aether and end his mad scheme. The depths of the Aethereal realm must be dredged and a forgotten relic must be recovered– or the Western Kingdoms will fall to the nightmarish horror of the self-styled Prince of Thorns.