Following the tough fight with the Heroslayer Hydra, the party regroup. Berend, Carric and Kalantari leave the Tiger’s Claw, while Woldred’s son, Brogan, returns Raedan’s remains back to the ship.
The party are also joined by Bernhard the Venerable. A high ranking knight of Therund, who once tutored Baron Peranon’s children in history and the art of war. Himself, with a personal stake in rescuing the boy, was denied from assisting in the quest by the Baron, on account of his age. With his own sailing boat, and on the back of a prayer from Bahamut, the elderly paladin has managed to discover the land where the boy is held. He wastes no time in joining up with the party.
The party come to a mysterious small hut on a central island in the swamp seperated by two bridges. A weary looking wolf lies tethered to the ground outside the hut, whilst a woman beckons the party to approach.