You travel south through the woods. Agapanthus spots a trap on the forest floor. Reversing your direction, you are confronted by a pair of centaurs who address Agapanthus, demanding that you leave their territory. With the centaurs’ permission, you continue south, arriving at Ardwen’s border as delineated by The Wards. White Crane toys with the warding power, setting the warded perimeter aglow as the party travels along it. You get the attention of a group of Tower Guards who seem befuddled that you are standing outside, instead of inside, the Wards. Failing to convince you that you should enter the Kingdom, the guards leave you and return to their tower.
A little red fox approaches you and says, “I tried to warn you that you weren’t ready, but you wouldn’t listen! Come back to Mother Gerd’s cottage and rest, dear ones!”
You travel further along the outside of the border, weighing whether it is safe for Dog Boy and Cookie to cross through the Wards. Dog Boy runs through the Wards and is unharmed, followed by Cookie, and the rest of the party. You travel east, entering into northern Ardwen. You come into lightly inhabited areas, until finally you see Lake Braemore in the distance further east.
Approaching the western shores of Lake Braemore, you confront a Half-Orc boy and a Tiefling girl taunting and bullying a small Halfling boy. The boy pleads for help, telling you that his sister is in danger on the lake. You attempt a rescue of his sister who is quickly sinking into a sandbar. You are attacked by four Jet Crabs. Agapanthus falls unconscious from wounds while White Crane succumbs to unconsciousness through poison. Hypatia and Ruby Blue manage to rescue the girl and their two comrades in the knick of time.
On the way to the halfling hamlet of Silverdale near the lake, you are confronted by the father and uncle of the Half-Orc boy and their three mangy dogs. You dispatch swiftly with all five.
The two halfing children, Beka and Boko Bilkins, lead you to the home of their father, Borrie Bilkins, who is slowly turning into a straw doll due to a powerful Fey magic which he says originated from a curse that was placed on him eight years ago. He refuses to discuss the source of the curse but White Crane forces him to reveal that it was placed on him by The Old One. You ask Borrie what he knows about Mother Gerd. He says that his memories are getting too fuzzy to remember much, but he recommends going to Braemore to find a woman known as The Toothless Tiefling who might be able to tell you something about her.
Cookie and White Crane retrieve some of the dead Jet Crabs and Cookie prepares crabcakes for dinner. They go shopping in the Silverdale farmer’s market and Cookie is surprised and delighted that there are truffles for sale. Borrie Bilkins gives you a Robe of Scintillation as reward for saving Beka’s life, but asks that you return it to Beka one day when she is old enough to use it herself.
You rest the night uneventfully.