Upon finding the tracks leading away from the ruined temple the party gave chase to the Kobolds, determined to rescue their friend Ductus.
After travelling an hour or so southwards, they encountered the remains of a hastily abandoned Kobold camp that was established in a set of squat ruins. After fending off an ambush by predatory desert spiders, they found a note in draconic detailing orders about the capture of a Warforged (it did not name anyone in specific), signed by someone named “Vutha”.
They continued following the tracks that scattered off into the northeast as the desert grew cold and dark, and night set in. Upon finding a rocky outcropping where a better vantage point could be established, Amir discovered an ancient gravestone, and took a jet black Adamantine dagger from the grave itself, prompting an attack from ghostly soldiers.
After defeating the apparitions, they resolved not to let Ductus down, and continued their pursuit of the Kobolds.