Elariel and Ariel will go into Death while sheltered in the cave while Dipper and Corian watch over them. They form a Diamond of Protection.
The rest of us make our way towards the Abhorsen House. We leave the horses untied and let them go. Evie and Finn do a perimeter check of the island while Muriel lets the others into the Abhoresen House. Evie makes note of a well that she recalls contains a secret escape route only for last resort. At the Southern tip of the island there is a tower and Sendings are fishing. The Paperwing platform is closer to the Northern tip of the island and has enough for maybe 4 people.
Muriel figuratively kicks open the door. The place has a stale odor and a Sending is picking up empty bottles of booze. Ramoniel groans; Belial is surely here. Ramoniel storms into the parlor and the others follow. Belial is lounging in a chair surrounded by bottles. Ramoniel knocks the bottle out of his hand. She tells him to hand over his Bells because she's relieving him of duty. He reached for his Bells but Roxy grapples him and Muriel takes his Bells. One of the Sendings comes in an puts the Abhorsen coat on Ramoniel. The Sendings escort Belial to some quarters.
Ramoniel hands over the Abhorsen-in-Waiting Bells to Evie as we prepare to go into Death.
Back in the cave Ariel and Elariel are preparing to go into Death. Corian and Dipper cast their Diamond of Protection. Dipper casually mentions he thinks Roxy would be happy on The Island of Wailing Pines. As Corian and Dipper chat about girls, fog rolls into the cave at their feet. They ready themselves for an attack.
Back at the House we find a feast prepared. Muriel sits down and lets herself be pampered while Evie tries to fight off Sendings with Abhorsen-in-Waiting armor. Ramoniel finally gathers us to go to the top of the tower. Rogereal kisses Evie for good luck; she dips him.
Evie and Muriel go into Death. They make their way through the First Precinct until they find Ariel and Elariel. Together we all head farther into Death. In the Fourth Precinct Elariel stops us to ask how far we have gone. Elariel warns us that in the Seventh Precinct there is bubbling water that may scald us and obscure our view. And there is a Chaos Stone in the Seventh Precinct that exists there as a living thing. Scholars that studied it went insane. We need to rush through and get to the Eighth Precinct. Elariel says it will talk to us; do not listen and do not stop. We need to fight it with the strength of five Abhorsens, not just three.
In the cave glowing red eyes peek in. A small Dead Hand wanders in. Corian casts a wall of wind across the entrance to the cave, creating a massive howling sounds as the Hand is swept away and slammed into a tree. Dipper nods, impressed.
On the tower Roxy, Finn, and Rogereal spot a large dark cloud heading their way. A telescope shows that it is a mass of gore crows bearing down on us. Finn notices Lenariel coming toward the House too with an army of Dead. Finn goes to look for Belial. He is passed out in the bed. Finn throws a basin of water on him. Finn demands he active the House's defenses. All Belial does is tell a Sending to do such and then tries to go back to sleep. Finn does not let him, he badgers Belial some more about how the defenses work. Finn follows the Sending supposedly off to make the waters rise around the House. The waters do indeed start to rise and the stepping stones are covered as the banks of the whole river rise around the House. Roxy and Finn can see the fog rolling in around the cave entrance.
In Death the gaggle of Abhorsens are trying to rush through the Fifth Precinct. Muriel trails behind Evie, guarding her back. Ramoniel is ringing Saraneth as we run. Evie and Muriel agree together to ring their Kibeths together. The Dead start walking further into Death on their command.
In the Sixth Precinct the water is very shallow but full of the Dead. Muriel is grabbed by the Dead. Evie comes to her aid.
Back in the cave the Dead are having trouble getting past Corian's wind wall.
Back at the House the gore crows have started dive bombing the House's shield. Roxy tries to call fog but can't manage to obscure more than just their feet. Finn is vigilant concerning the integrity of the House shield. They notice the Dead Hands are not able to get into the cave int he distance, but also see mordicants approaching the entrance.
In Death the Dead have their hands around Muriel's ankles. She cannot break free but Ramoniel uses her sword to slash them. The Abhorsens keep running. A sinkhole swallows us down into the Seventh Precinct. The water is almost scalding hot. There is steam everywhere. This is Muriel and Evie's first time this far into Death; they hold hands. On the horizon a wall of fire marks the portal to the Eighth Precinct.
A pair of mordicants push through Corian's wall of wind. Corian uses his glaive to slice through one of them. Dipper uses his hammer to smash in the head of the other mordicant. It doesn't kill it, but it does slow the undead abomination down.
Back at the House the shields are giving out. Luckily Finn is a badass mage and he knows how to pump more more power into the shields. But instead Finn creates a black hole to suck gore crows into it. Roxy launches an ice spike at Lenariel but she sees it coming from that far away and dodges it.
In the Eighth Precinct Ariel calls out to her sisters to come with her. Muriel tries to convince Evie it's a trick. Ariel holds out what looks like a red pebble to Evie: "It's not too late." But Evie grabs Muriels's hand and runs for the Gate. Ariel turns into a mass of red and black tentacles. We run through the Gate.
Finn throws a Shooting Star at Lenariel that slams into her. He tips his hat at her, even though he is not actually wearing a hat. Roxy makes the "suck it" move at her. Finn tells her to "Take your Dead and leave!" Roxy screams at Lenariel that Finn is going to absolutely fuck her up and Lenariel looks visibly shaken after that blow. She rings a bell putting the Dead to sleep and retreats.
In Death Ariel and Elariel summon the Gate to the Ninth Precinct. They want Evie and Muriel to wait for them in the Eighth Precinct and keep the Gate open for them. Elariel says the Dog is waiting for them, and if Elariel and Ariel cannot make it back the Dog will still come for us. Elariel indicates that we should say our goodbyes to Ariel just in case. Evie tells her to please come back. Muriel tells her to come back to us whole and human. Ariel hugs her older sisters and goes through the Gate. After awhile Ramoniel starts getting impatient. The Dog bounds out of the Gate and greets Evie enthusiastically. And then Ariel, 8 years old, steps out of the Gate. Elariel, a short chubby woman, come out of the Gate too. We all follow Elariel.
The Seventh Precinct is as we left it. A spell is cast and the steam is parted in a path to a Chaos Stone. It undulates in Death; it is a mass of tentacles that forms the shape of the Chaos Stones we have seen in life. The Abhorsens surround it and work together with their Bells. Elariel pulls Astareal and shouts at them to run for life. We hear the beginnings of the Bell as the Gate closes behind us.
In the cave Elariel's dead body opens and reveals a human corpse. Corian rushes over to see if he can help. Ariel's human form has appeared and is crying atop her old Dead body. The Dog appears out of Death and snuffles at Elariel's gear. She tells Corian to tell Evie she she'll see her later. The Dog barks in Elariel's ear and turns into a small soapstone sculpture. Elariel's eyes flutter open.
At the Abhorsen House, Corian delivers the Dog's message and hands Evie a familiar small carved soapstone figure.
All the Abhorsens are back in Life. But Evie has lost her Dog.