The explorers return to the Calixis Sector and are informed of the situation currently affecting Iocanthos. A new temple to the Emperor is being built at Stern Hope and the local Abbot is requesting assistance due to strange happenings. After an uneventful voyage on a transport heading to the planet, the group makes planetfall at Port Suffering where they meet their contact: Aristarchus.
After ensuring they are properly equipped, the group acquires a lorry and makes their way across the barrens to the temple site. This travel is not without incident, as during one night, the group encounters a shadowy figure approach their camp at night and drop to the ground. Stranger still, when the group investigates the next morning, all they find is a desiccated corpse.