Djim, the hired hand from the thorpe of Woodsocket, led the party into the hunting grounds of Fangwood forest. He conversed with one of the other locals about the most probable location of the ruins – rumored to be the resting place of a Bloodstone. After several hours of trudging through the difficult terrain, the group was taken by surprise at the sound of a vomiting dryad at their flank.
Ahli took initiative to deal with the fey creature, who seemed unnaturally ill. He assured her that the group he traveled with was no harm to the woods while under his watch, and asked if he could be of assistance to her. She divulged that she’d been driven from her tree by the Darkblight in the northern region which is quickly spreading throughout Fangwood. Ahli used a spell to help her bare and endure the affects of separation from her tree, and inquired about her plan to survive. She said there was a new tree to bond with, but two of “those who walk again” were preventing her from beginning the ritual.
The party agreed to drive off the pestilent Skeletal Trolls, and watch over her during the bonding period. While resting that night after the combat, Feydra was surprised by a Skeletal Mage, and their combat caught the forest on fire. Ahli awoke to the sounds of combat and brushfire – an all too familiar and overwhelming experience for him. Whilst the other two delt with the mage, Ahli frantically worked to extingquish the flames before they could spread further, or worse, damage the dryad’s tree during the bonding ritual. When the mage and it’s fires had been expelled, Ahli meticulously inspected the Dryad’s tree and stayed up the rest of the night on watch… by no means would he lose this small assembly of acquaintances to the same fate which claimed his entire grove and druid circle just months ago.