Sometime during the winter, two miners known as Gary and Mogu unknowingly blows up a Chrysm crystal, and causes the whelp within to awaken. The dragon quickly kills both men and begin to wreak havoc in the mines until it's incapacitated and captured. In order to study the beast further, it is imprisoned in a cage and put on a transport train. This backfires, however, as the dragon manages to fall off the cart and down the mountain slope into the Cedar Woods.
After Ryu's disappearance at Angel Tower, Garr is hired to get rid of a dragon seen in the mines. This turns out to be Ryu, and he and Garr exits the mines together, only to be attacked by the Dragon Zombie on their way out. The duo dispatches the wicked entity and flees after witnessing a meeting between Ryu and a member of the Brood.