At dawn the next day a portal opened up within the Oculus' tent and the dwarf was returned from his long ordeal. The Oculus bade the outsiders depart her tent not to return after divulging the existence of an unguarded narrow crevice granting access to the plateau the cathedral rested upon. The group took leave of the horrific creature and her servants and set their sights on safely reaching the top of the plateau.
Using a combination of magic and skill, the group carefully scouted the area before ascending the rough cut to the edge of the wooden palisade surrounding the plateau. Skirting the edge of the massive cathedral, the group at last gained access via a side entrance and found themselves within the nave of the church. As their eyes adjusted to the dimly lit chamber, they witnessed Urathash and another stone giant interrogate the chained form of the young hill giant Toncliff for information on their whereabouts. Unsatisfied with their results, the pair of stone giants retreated further within the enormous complex.
A loft above the outsiders' position held a trio of hill giants, including one braggart named Ruddig Headstomper. Ruddig was very large for his race, and bullied the other pair into fetching him some grog from the groghall. In doing so, one of the giants stumbled upon the hiding invaders and began a fierce melee that attracted the attention of Bjorindil the frost giant and his allies. Bjorindil and Ruddig were especially fierce combatants, and if not for the wizard's magic would have spelled the end of the heroes. Bjorindil's greatest strength was also his weakness, however, in that his magical items granted him exceptional abilities but also caused him to fly into an uncontrollable rage striking at friend and foe alike. Ruddig and Bjorindil enjoined in battle and Bjorindil succeeded in striking down his rival.
Just then, Bjorindil's sister, Gavindra Hoarsdottir, entered the nave and successfully calmed her brother's fury, sending him off to rest. She struck a bargain with the outsiders, bequeathing them a magical signet ring in exchange for their word to destroy her queen in Skirgaard. The group followed her into the groghall and removed several troublesome giants within before moving further into the cathedral's depths. Taking a short rest in a giant pantry off of the groghall, the group witnessed the gathering of giants for the midday sermon as Gavindra urged them to make haste and do what they came to do while Urathash was otherwise occupied.