A Shade named Durza is hiding in the woods, waiting for a "stone" (in reality a dragon egg) that was stolen from him a while ago. He commands twelve Urgals, which the shade, Durza, refers to as smelly, ugly tools that he resents. The egg is carried by an elf woman named Arya, who is escorted by two elf men. Durza's plan is to take the stone from the female elf by force, then kill all three of them. As was to be expected, the elves smell the Urgals too soon, and the ambush is thwarted. The Urgals manage to kill the two males nonetheless, but Arya, shocked and horrified by the sudden loss of her companions (one of whom was her lover), escapes. She is however, the one the Shade wants. He summons his Urgals after her, but albeit the Urgals' persistence, she is too fast for them and kills a couple of them as well. Summoning a wall of fire around everyone, he traps her inside the forest. Elves are skilled magic users, but she is no match for him. In a hurry, she lifts the blue egg over her head, and mutters a few words. Desperate, Durza barks out a word in the ancient language, but is too late, the stone has already been sent somewhere else, and the magic strikes down Arya instead. Infuriated, he flings his sword at a tree and kills all the remaining Urgals. Arya is then captured by the Shade. He leaves all but the fires in his path to burn.