The typically polite Umlauti opposes the group after a mistake while going down the Peaks of Peril. Niko, in an attempt to gain freedom, is forced to vie against Jackal in a difficult and combative race.
Lyra, Niko and Mandok touch down on the infamous Captain Nimbeard's Cloud Clipper, finding themselves almost thrown overboard by the Sky Pirates. However, when a violent sky monster sent by Nar Est finds the group, they must team up to beat it.
The group is led through the Endless Expanse by Niko's new comrade while Nar Est's operative does whatever he can do terminate them. Swordless, Niko does his duty to fight the menace inside and overthrow the enemy.
The Shrimp King greets Lyra and Niko, who discover the Shrimpfolk are preparing a pointless fight against the merciless Mantigore in hopes of liberating the Dolphin Queen. Apprehensively, Mandok organizes an alliance.
Niko and Lyra are ordered by the Hill Giants to the Shoodakood Wood; their biggest worries come to life. Lyra, assisted by Niko and his Sword, releases her bygone days to the past. At the same time, enemies seize Mandok.
Eager to be out of sight, the group gets to Carapace. However, the insatiable Mugwhump is there instead. The last resident, Chompsky, aids Niko and Lyra in battling the Mugwhump and discover a greater option than hiding out.