Ralhallan happens upon a bloody battle in Durain’s Forest. He heals a young lad who briefly tells him about the rift between Durgan and Thalia. Ral asks for directions to Durgan’s Camp, in return for which he promises to send back aid. After scouting the hidden valley that harbours Durgan’s Camp, Ral returns directly to Hart House and the injured lad is left for the wolves.
Willam and Ral conduct investigations amongst the hamlets and farmsteads around the edge of Durain’s Forest and learn more details about the war between Durgan and Thalia. A decision is taken to approach Durgan, pending Ser Torrhen’s approval.