Ashkhad looks around uneasily, knowing what will happen next looking for a way out of this, but to no avail. Rae asks out of curiosity if Ashkhad knows anything about this place, and Ashkhad reveals that it is the point in his life where he left his village behind. They try to prod him for more details but he seems to dodge around what actually causes him to leave and they decide to drop it. Knowing that the only way to get though this would be to face it head on, Ratchet and Thorn decide to get a closer look towards the center of the town where a lone young Kalashtar who Askhkad identifies as his past self, is standing, surrounded by but given plenty of room from many bystanders. When the two get closer though, they notice the people move out of their way but don’t actually acknowledge their existence. Rae and Ashkhad decide to watch from a distance on the hill they started on.
The younger Ashkhad begins the Thoughtsong, using dance and is own psionic abilities on surrounding instruments to perform. While it starts out seemingly innocent, Ashkhad eyes begin to grow red and his powers grow unstable. The crowd notices and everyone ducks down to avoid harm except one lone person who takes the force of Ashkhad’s uncontrollable power and sends him flying where he lands on his head and dies.
The bystanders back away from the young Ashkhad and go to the harmed individual. Before Ratchet and Thorn have a chance to assess what happened, Rae and Ashkhad find themselves nearby the two of them, and the four of them watch as the young Ashkhad transforms in to a shadow-like beast.
After many failed attempts to do it harm, Ashkhad eventually turns away from it, causing it to disappear slightly. Everyone else does the same and the creature vanishes.
Party is transported into a similar black void again where they see a visage of what appears to be another form of Ashkhad with a large scythe. When they attack the duplicate though, not only does it harm it but also relays the damage back to Ashkhad as well. The figure rushes towards Ashkhad and he simply stands there. It wraps around him and the two become one as the scene goes dark yet again.
Ashkhad wakes up in bed inside of a small cottage that seems to be in the Aundairian country side. He sees a crib but nothing inside. He leaves the room to see Neya sitting in a rocking chair holding something in her arms. The floor boards creak underneath his approach and Neya looks up to scowl at him, telling him that she had finally managed to put her to sleep. Ashkhad finally gets close enough to see that it is a baby girl that looks like him. Before Ashkhad can relax though, there is a knock on the door and Ashkhad gets it when urged by Neya so that the baby won’t wake up.
Before Ashkhad is able to answer it, the door bursts wide open and three inspired storm in, and even more so attack from outside the house with axes, hacking away at the walls.
Ashkhad throws furniture at the intruders and runs back to Neya and their baby to urge them to get moving. Neya asks what’s wrong but the wall breaks open and Neya becomes trapped underneath the rubble, while in the distance a beam of light appears beckoning Ashkhad to approach it.
Rather than leaving Neya behind, he stays to free her but she is unable to move due to her now harmed leg. Ashkhad helps her up to escape but as they approach the light, it closes on them and the scene turns to dark.
The others wake up and look around. Unsure what had happened. Taratai explains that Ashkhad had failed and they would have to continue another time and asks to have the body disposed of so that it doesn’t cause problems in the future.
Ashkhad wakes up on top of a flat pillar with a stained glass portrait on the top. A section of the pillar breaks off and falls. A hand touches Ashkhad on the shoulder and he turns to confront Neya, only he feels like it is actually her and not some memory.
She asks him why he did what he did, and he explains that he wouldn’t leave her only to be met with a slap in the face as Neya explains why he can’t afford to think or act like that right now, and to save it for another day when they are truly at peace.
Rae, Thorn, and Ratchet appear in the distance on top of another pillar and Neya urges him to go to them. Ashkhad makes her promise to stay alive when it is all over, and she makes him promise to be the one to make sure it happens. Ashkhad turns around to the edge of the platform and speaks a simple “I love you” before a path appears allowing him to walk to the distant pillar.
When Ashkhad gets close enough he notices his friends are gone and is instead replaced by Ashtaratai who welcomes him back before stepping forward to take control of Ashkhad once again. Ashkhad stands his ground ushers a speech. “It’s still my heart. You think you can just come in and take over? I’m not gonna sit by and let that happen, you’re gonna get shown the door. I’m not afraid of what the darkness holds now. Even if you do wrest control of my heart from me, even if you cast me into the deepest, darkest abyss, you’ll never sway me from the one cause that pushes me to keep on fighting.”Ashkhad’s own Keyblade appears, it is a weapon that symbolizes the joining of Quori and Kalashtar, and the power that manifests from that union. He takes the blade and flings it straight at Ashtaratai where it impales him.
Ashtaratai screams in pain and demands to know what it happening to him. Ashkhad says that he is “Showing him the door.” Ashtaratai vanishes and Ashkhad wakes up
Taratai seems surprised but pleased that Ashkhad succeeded while another figure appears with long white hair claiming to be Zoratash as he had left an old prison for a new more suitable one.
He walks over to Ashkhad and places his hand on his head sending pain through Ashkhad but forcing his blade to appear in which he swiftly takes it. He does the same for the rest and sends double the pain to Ratchet over his sly remark of Zoratash’s old prison being the mask.
The party is released from the machine and follows Zoratash and Taratai to another room where a large vertically standing circular gate is situated, powered on by some psionic force. Above them are containers where four wisps float inside. Ashkhad voices his disgust of it due to his belief of how souls should be treated.
Zoratash powers up the portal with the keys and they fuse together to become the one they remembered from the past in Xen’drik and the Gatekeeper’s book.
Taratai notices Zoratash’s exhaustion and tries to help him. Zoratash turns on her and absorbs her into him causing her to vanish.
Zoratash feeling renewed, walks into the portal.