Xykon was defeated but then decided to become a lich with the help of Redcloak. While confronting Lirian once again, Redcloak attacked the treants defending the gate with the Flame Strike spell. The fire spread rapidly, and the panicking treants accidentally destroyed the gate (something Xykon holds against Redcloak for years). Redcloak and Right-Eye reluctantly follow Xykon to find the other Gates.
The divination spell that monitors Lirian's Gate alerted Shojo to its destruction, so he sends out paladins to investigate. Having no ranks in Search, however, they find nothing, overlooking goblin tracks and a piece of red cloak.