The party takes their leave of the friendly elemental. As they depart, they hear a rumbling sound behind them. Upon turning around, they see rocks moving very slowly to increase the size of the tunnel. They exit the underground space into the sunlight. Sir Auttin Krencathy is downtrodden – he lost so many of his men. He declines any help from the party in order to get through the mental distress and is resolved to pay for a mass for his lost men upon return to Selvos.
The group treks down the mountain. By nightfall, they arrive at the base camp. During her watch, Maketa Seenaë Dyren hear something coming through the brush. It is 4-legged, and the size of a large dog, but it is strangely shaped. She sees no glint of eyes in the firelight. She sends out a Palantir to get a better look. The animal seems to be covered in dirty fleece. Seenaë goes and wakes up Sir Tirn of Selvos, and he walks out to the creature. Seenaë follows. The animal turns out to be a very overgrown sheep. Seenaë goes to look for s sharp knife amongst Nina’s things, in order to cut the wool. Tirn and Seenaë work together to shear the sheep as best they can. The party decided to bring this strange sheep to the Belsirisans.
During their watch, the party noticed the movement of large predators near the camp and near the river. The day’s travel stops for a time at the graves of Sir Auttin’s men, and Sir Auttin requests that Seenaë perform a small mass for their souls. Afterwards, the party travels on and they for the river before making camp. Tirn puts out an offering for Zaal before heading to sleep. During her watch, Seenaë hears the occasional wolf howl, but nothing comes close. Seenaë wakes Tamarie for her watch and heads to bed.
Seenaë wakes at dawn as usual. Nina mentioned that there is more meat in the stores than there should be, and Tamarie discovers the same thing has happened to the grain.
During the days travel the party catches sight of a couple of herds of deer, and one herd of wild ponies. There is a very loud ass who is part of this herd, and it makes a lot of noise as the herd moves along. By nightfall, the party arrives at the Bear’s temple and reunites with their squires.
The squires are safe, and they managed to drain, clean and refill the pool while the party was away. Seenaë’s squire Revek swears that he saw a wildcat, but the others say they only saw signs of one in the area, not the cat itself. The night passes quickly
The newly enlarged party backtracks to the road. About halfway to the ford, they see a very large wolf on the other side of the river. After he walks about, seeming to count the party, he takes off to the south. Tirn casts a spell to communicate with the wolf. The wolf seems just to want to make sure the entire pack is together and safe. He departs
The party fords the river and continues along the road. They head south and arrive in Dunir by day’s end. They head for the Belsirisan temple. They ring the bell, and one of the priests that Seenaë knows comes out. He asks the party to stable their horses and brings them into the main office. One of the other priests, Father Jorrum, comes in and offers the party dinner, after which he will examine the sheep. They have an enjoyable dinner.
After examining the sheep, Father Jorrum explains that while this creature looks like a sheep and thinks like a sheep, it does not have the soul of a sheep. He informs the party that it is a healing spirit, centred on the mind and the body. He wishes to examine it over the next few hours in the temple. Seenaë offers to help.
They arrive at the Peonia temple Father Jorum casts a communion spell to communicate with the sheep. He believes the sheep is the child of a spirit of intellect and a spirit of life. The sheep tells him that his herd was changed when a wolf came when it was young. The farmer was an evil priest. All the herd was spirit-infused sheep like him, he was #9. The ram and two of the ewes were the oldest. There were 7 generations of sheep from the ram and one of the ewes. The sheep agrees to go back to Gebaseth with Torn as a Peonian blessing for the herd. They return to the Belsirisan temp[le with the sheep, and Father Jorrum gets a blanket for the sheep to wear,
The party heads to Tirn’s mother’s inn for the night. As they walk in, they see someone harassing Tirn’s mother. As the man realizes there’s a large Tirn-shaped shadow looming over him, he quickly shuts up and leaves.
The food is delicious, as is the beet. The evening passes in song and drink.