Brother Kel, using his shapeshifting ability, explores deep inside the Inverted Tower into the bowels of its catacombs. Illuminated by a single shaft of light, he discovers the dusty skeletal remains of one of the covenants former inhabitants. He catches sight of something shining beneath the dust but as he reaches for it— the remains reform into a beautiful maiden in a radiant burst of light. The glowing maiden is confused and knows only her name, Sophia. Brother Kel offers her his robe and the two set out to find a way out of the catacombs as Kel has no way of returning her through the opening he came through (in his hare form).
Soon they come upon the catacombs other inhabitants, viscious black furred rat-like creatures weilding crued weapons fashioned from bone. Sophia's powers become evident as she burns many of them to cinders with her magic light. Brother Kel slays others using his antlers in his hart form. But the creatures are both numerous and relentless and both suffer several wounds, and to make matters worse the caverns themselves are unstable and falling rubble takes an even greater toll on them.
The two only narrowly escape into the woods surrounding the covenant, and the rat-things do not follow them into the light.