The first adventure in a two-part campaign (for part two see Shadows of the Past) in which the characters explore the remains of the long lost Quarzhasaati empire. Assailed on all sides, by allies and foes alike, it is a quest of treasure, magical items and forbidden knowledge.
The adventure may begin any place the Game Master desires. A ragged-looking girl in her early teens presents the characters with an ancient map to a forgotten Quarzhasaati city. The map promises treasure, magical items and knowledge to lure them into the Sighing Desert. Once the party has determined to undertake the quest to the lost city of Bahlahim they will have to make their way to the city of Savona, in Ilmiora, and hire guides for their journey into the desert.