Having spent months in the presence of the necromancer, Lei Kui, Ma Shou feels that the darkness of the shunned mystic has followed him. It is hoped that the Supreme Astralmancer Che Wen Tai will be able to sever the threads of the necromancer’s enchantment, but they seem spun of the essence of the Spirit of Death itself, and they seem to be pulling Ma Shou ever nearer to the depths of the Infernal Regions.
All the while, the mysterious Bone Tree looms over the school, promising the ruination of the land and the destruction of its people. For Ma Shou, it is a beacon, a marker at the gates of the eternal prison of the damned. The souls of the dead seek release.
In the summer of the Celestial Year 280, Ma Shou disappeared from the school on Mount Ding Fa without a trace.