Inquisitor Roderick finishes his testimony at the trial of The Clockwork Killer: the most prolific serial killer in the history of Three Rivers. Soon after, however a new murder takes place. Roderick’s investigation begins to suggest something terrible is afoot. The Clockwork Killer was building a monster. Meanwhile in Whispers, Nicole Hetzner is tasked with the manufacture of a difficult potion. If she is successful, she can earn admission to The Cathedral of Discovery’s school of Alchemy. Her quest begins innocently enough, but soon thereafter mysterious visitors arrive, and in their wake comes The Thing of Nightmares, and with it comes carnage and ruin.