A successful treasure hunter named Maia enters a tavern in a small town near the capital of Argent. In need of protection, she hires two mercenary bodyguards - Silaris, a human woman, and Karx, a dwarven man who keeps company with a strange albino serval he calls Bats. Maia faces stiff competition with other raiders, who plunge the depths of the same ruins as her to find priceless treasures and age-old artifacts. The mercenaries will do well to protect her, or at least keep her enemies distracted while she makes off with her prize.
However, any plans to begin an expedition go awry as an odd-looking stranger enters the village - an albino boy wielding a large, ornate battle scythe. He stops briefly to inform her that her father, the great dragon Ilorxantarius, is being held prisoner in the lair of mythical creatures called Spiderkin. As mysteriously as the boy appeared, he leaves again suddenly, to pursue his own agendas.
Using directions he gave her, Maia leads her mercenaries and the white serval cat to an entrance of the enormous Spiderkin lair, Aranaea. Before entering, they're interrupted by a talking raven who gives no name. Coming to simply call him Raven, they accept his help, tentatively believing his claims that he can act as a guide in the cavernous home of these monsters.
After the ordeal of getting inside, Silaris is immediately killed by a Spiderkin guard. A strange elf named Neith comes to the rescue, firing arrows in its eyes. The party bests the blinded creature. Neith claims to be an escaped victim of the Spiderkin, who collect creatures of various magical natures to turn them into weapons. Still trapped within Aranaea however, he offers to assist them in their quest to free Ilorxantarius in exchange for the way out.
The dragon, however, was crucified to the floor. Its flowing, burning blood fueled the Spiderkin forges. Fighting their way through the cavern, Maia rushes to her father. She undergoes her draconic ascension as he bathes her in dragonsflame. Though it seems Ilor is about to die, Raven reveals himself to be the Demon of Flesh, forced to possess the body of a raven after a Soulcrafting attempt nearly destroyed him. Using his power, he mends the wounds of the dragon, which bursts free and decimates the Spiderkin.
Ilorxantarius bursts from the earth, bringing Maia, Neith, Raven, Bats, and Karx along with him. They appear in the middle of a battle between Talonian and Argentine forces. Right behind them, an innumerable mass of Spiderkin pour onto the surface, attacking everything in sight. The Argentine army is forced to fall back.
Landing a safe distance away, Ilorxantarius thanks the group for his rescue. He embraces his daughter and bids her farewell before flying off to return to his long abandoned lair. Karx, having seen quite enough of this, storms off and leaves Maia to her own devices. Bats, left abandoned, chooses to stay with the half-dragon who smells so fondly of cinnamon.
All seems well until the group is closed in on by Talonian forces, who immediately arrest Neith for unspecified, foul treason. Demanding to know the meaning of it all, Maia accompanies the Talonian scouting party to protect her newfound friend. The scouting party returns to Talondre, the only city within Talon, giving room and lodging to Maia and Wrath. Raven is captured and interrogated by the veteran General Sear, while Neith is taken to the First Priest of Talon.
Later, he meets with Maia, informing her that he's been pardoned. He, is actually a she, the TRUE ruler of Talon. He reveals that the elves have maintained a necessary peace with the Spiderkin by delivering a dragon for their forges every 40-50 years - whenever the previous dragon dies. Neith believes this tradition should see an end and has returned to Talondre to spread his message. Mortified and feeling betrayed, Maia turns her back on Neith and angrily storms off, staying with his niece Rynn until she decides what to do next.
Unbeknownst to Maia, Neith has been betrayed, and now sits in the Talondre prison with Raven, or Necri'sul, as the elves referred to him. He knows that Sear intends to capture Maia and Bats and deliver them to the Spiderkin in repayment for Neith's traitorous release of their dragon.