The group decides to start scouting the northern part of the Hooktongue Slough on their way back to Fort Drelev. After some time, they come across a branch of the East Sellen River, which Eiji discovers to be far too deep and cold to swim across safely. The party starts making a raft, camping for the night on the southern bank.
As the party starts taking the raft across, Roxie makes the crossing more difficult with a few spells, though all persons and horses cross eventually, with Cassandra promising to find Roxie a new pet as we are able.
Alex notices a cleft in a hill as the group explores, and they find an old Taldan shield, though no one can determine the crest on it.
While preparing camp on this day, the party is assaulted by a pack of ravenous troll hounds, who mob the weaker looking party members, Cassandra and Louis.
Cassandra feels ill upon waking, but cures herself with magic. The group finds a ruined wagon, the remains of a Numerian adventurers guild, the Technic Blade Guild of Torch. What’s left of those poor, luckless souls physical remains are mounted on a ring of spears set around the ruined wagon. Littered among the scene are dozens of arrows bearing the markings of Tiger Lord craftsmanship.
Roxie harasses the group again, pestering them to find a pet suitable for replacing Kitty (Old Speartooth). After some time, they catch a whiff of smoke on the breeze, indicating that they are close to an encampment. The group follows, soon entering a box canyon where a loud booming sound (like metal striking stone) can be heard in the distance. Louis scouts ahead, seeing a large camp about a mile off. As the party moves to follow, they are ambushed by a group of barbarian sentries.