As they ventured further into the swampy forest, the party is set upon by a group of crazed forest beasts accompanied by a few bullywugs and bugbears. The animals’ aggressive behavior is quite strange, and the forest itself seems to grow more twisted and dark as they follow their captors’ trail, one that eventually leads to a cave plunging down into the earth. Opting to rest and watch the area before investigating the cave, Elf Chick uses a magic ritual to shape tents for her party and the townsfolk from the nearby forest. A beautiful woman who has been flirting with Lurtz out of gratitude for her rescue invites herself into the party’s tent to keep him company. During the night watch, Elf Chick sees Cyprian leave the tent with his sword and head out into the forest toward the cave. Upon returning to the tent to wake the next guard, Elf Chick finds the woman gone and Cyprian fast asleep, relieved of his sword.
The party is roused and pursues the woman into the cave, where she is revealed to be a hag using magic to pose as a beautiful woman. She rouses some men, who seem charmed to her control, to attack the party as she flees deeper into the cave. After defeating the charmed men, the party finds her in a large hall accompanied by hobgoblin soldiers and a hobgoblin mage. Fighting fiercely, the party defeats the hag and her allies, and is able to recover Cyprian’s sword, along with a diary kept by the hobgoblin captain and vials of a strange liquid whose alchemical properties they are unable to determine.
Further exploring the cave, the party finds a long hallway leading to an exit near the wood’s edge, and guide the townsfolk back to Falore.