18. “Dragon’s Eye” – The entrance to this huge set of caves leads through the eye of a dragon shaped mountain. Deep within, the snakes and their leader Yxunomei might hold the Heartstone Gem in their possession. To characterize these snake-infested tunnels and caverns, Soule wrote one his most inventive compositions. The fast up and down movement between two notes imitates the snake’s sinuous motion.
19. “Yxunomei’s Lair” – The queen of the snakes Yxunomei, half woman, half snake (and half naked too), doesn’t stand a chance against our party. And on her dead body, we find the Heartstone Gem at last. All this is accompanied by a quick statement of the snake theme, which is not played to its full extent this time.