The party has finished weapons training, prayers to their patron gods, and spell studies. The party speaks to Lord Cauldyth and inform him they plan to travel forth from Aithe to help fight the evil plaguing the island. They ask where he thinks they should go. He tells them that bandits and the dark robed priests who they serve must have a base in the Wild wood to the East of Aithelar.
Corthen and others agree to pursue this plan. The treasure hunter is still smarting over the wererats and their theft of some of the party’s magical equipment and he hopes to find them in the forest as well and regain the missing items. Lord Cauldyth speaks. “My sword will ride you, if you will have me, and that of my youngest daughter; my eldest must remain to hold and rule Aithe in my absence. The three of us were not enough to bear arms into the forest, but now that you’ve come, all of us together may prevail-if we can strike at the heart of this evil before its many arms can reach out and drag us down.”