As morning comes, the party treks out along the path again, leaving them mountains behind them. Eventually wildland gives way to farmland and the dotting of small houses across the horizon in every direction. The party is occasionally accompanied by merchants, the daughter of one seeming to take some fancy towards Corsibane's flirtations. Displeased with this, the father holds his own family back until the two parties separate. Uneventful traveling eventually leads them to an old woman standing in the road, a dog and lantern at her feet. As the party approaches she ushers them over and offers her home for the night. A little wary, but eager for food and bed, the party follows her down a path towards an old but large farmhouse. The place is crawling with cats and dogs, all of them friendly towards the party. The old woman says the party can call her Grandma Margaret and she serves them the best stew and sweetrolls that party has ever had. Grandma Margaret informs the party that there's been a strange sort of pandemic of animals around the area and blames it on the experiments of Azais, a local Guardian. She assures them that nothing dangerous seems to have occurred from it, unless one is to count her cat being agitated with a bird that has been roaming the area. Guards lowering, the party turns in for the night.
The next morning, Kaithias throws a coin at Corsibane, momentarily stunning him, before heading down and checking that Grandma Margaret isn't up to anything fishy. The party collects themselves and descends for a pancake and bacon breakfast. Kaithias sneaks Corsibane's bacon over to Galen's plate. Despite not seeing the move, Corsibane immediately suspects him, as these early morning tricks have become quiet common with Kaithias. Moving to steal Kaithias' bacon, Corsibane is unfortunately too slow as Kaithais draws a senbon and drives it through Corsibane's palm. Angered, bleeding on the table, and bacon-less, Corsibane is quickly infuriated and they enter a heated argument as Grandma Margaret watches in horror. Bandages are brought and Corsibane stops the bleeding, but the party quickly leaves, apologizing to Grandma Margaret for the mess.
As the party travels along the road towards Destitute, they are confronted by a peacock which runs towards Galen frantically waving paper in its mouth. Recognizing the paper as being from a spellbook, Galen uses the spell, the paper disintegrating as he does so. He immediately hears a rather frustrated and hurried voice in his head which claims to be the guardian Azais and that he desires protection from those chasing him. The spell quickly fades and a half-orc appears in the clearing with three wolves and a bear by his side. Kaithias immediately fires an arrow at the half-orc, who avoids it and with some panic in his voice quickly introduces himself as Maknok and asks the party for the peacock, as it belongs to his master Azais. Deciding to trust the peacock over the half-orc, the party continues their attack and Maknok flees, leaving the wolves and bear to deal with the party.
Corsibane, eager to assist with the peacock, approaches the group of animals for an attack but is quickly brought down by a wolf. "Seeing" the party struggling, and Corsibane falling, Icarus casts a darkness over the area which affects all. The rest of the battle is fought in confusion, Icarus frantically trying to point everyone's attacks in the right direction. When the final wolf falls, Icarus lifts the darkness to reveal a fallen Thorvalla. While she is simply unconscious, Icarus rushes to Corsibane only to find that it's too late for him.