A research team arrives from Sevenarches, explaining that they've made a breakthrough in studying the portals. They party heads to Sevenarches to try reading the inscription from a newly discovered tablet. When they read the inscription, one of the portals activates, and they see snippets of a forest through the opening before the portal flickers into inactivity. After a second reading, they try running through the portal, but feel themselves inexorably pushed back. They try many variations, riding horses through, grabbing the sides of the portal as they enter, even going backwards. With each attempt, there is a flash of light far to the east. Eventually, it is decided that they must head east on foot to find the other end of this portal.
The pass the Galtan border aboard a small riverboat, this time with Aldeberan under the guise of Prichado the poultry merchant. Aside from a brief encounter with some starving bandits on the riverbank, they reach the Boarwood without much trouble. They send a raven back to Sevenarches to get the portal powered up one more time, so they can use the flash to locate this end of the portal.
As the approach the portal, they see that an armed encampment has sprung up around the fort, and the soldiers inside fire arrows when they approach. A smaller camp along the road explains that the men currently holding the portal serve the Revolutionary Council, and won't let anyone else approach the portal. The people at this smaller camp are members of the Guiding Light, a group hoping to install a new government in Galt modeled after the Andoran republic.
The party leaves to scout the outskirts of the fortified camp, and come across yet another small camp. After tense introductions, they realize these people are Lion Blades from Taldor, and they bond over this shared connection. The Lion Blades agree to help the party try to take control of the portal, but first they continue scouting the edges of the palisades. Narsius's homunculus scouts overhead and notices a staircase leading down below the portal, while Eora sees yet another camp of soldiers on the other side of a small creek. When their scouts report back, the party decides that the soldiers at the new camp are probably from Cheliax, and decide to ambush them with help from the Lion Blades.
Disguised as a peasant, Samra runs up to the fortified camp and tells them there's a Chellish camp just past the creek, and a small force sorties out to attack the Chellish. When the Galtans are almost upon the Chellish camp, they hear screams from back withing their own camp, and are struck with indecision about whether to return or proceed with their attack. The Chellish catch them unawares, and several Galtans are cut down before Ktihdi, Samara and the Lions Blades can flank the Chellish soldiers. Meanwhile, Aldeberan sneaks into the camp to see what all the screaming is about, he figures out that it's coming from the staircase, and rejoins the group as they mop up the Chellish camp.
After a brief interrogation, the group heads downstairs, quickly recognizing the statues of fleeing soldiers for what they are: the work of a basilisk. The basislisk quickly pounces, and most of the party enters the fray blindfolded, to avoid meeting the same fate as the soldiers. Aldeberan uses glitterdust to blind the beast, and Ktihdi unleashes magical screams which sunder its eyes. Weakened thus, Samara and the Lions Blades finish the beast from afar wih their crossbow fire. With the beast dead and torches lit, they discover it was not only a basilisk, but a dracolisk, one parent a basilisk, another a green dragon. They spread its blood over several petrified Galtan soldiers, which restores them to flesh, and the restored commander is especially grateful.
The party is now met with a magical barrier. After some testing and deduction, they realize the barrier only blocks warm-blooded creatures. Conveniently, warm blood only accounts for roughly half the party, so Ktihdi and Bartleby Beetesworth walk right though and investigate the library and crystal room. Meanwhile, Samara finishes disabling the barrier with help from a crowbar and a dose of enlarge person. They collect a book from the library and several stone tablets, all written in old Elvish, along with some enchanted swords and chainmail from the armory, before heading back to Kallasport. They arrange for the Lion Blades to hold the location until Sir Achille Parsall can bring a batallion to secure it for the long term.