The party wakes up the next morning, retrieves the head of Razou to prove that he has been “apprehended” and store it in one of Brianna’s pouches, and set out. On the way, they saw the dryad sneaking about, a shock of green among the trees. Brianna greets her, and the dryad says they are welcome again in the forest at any time.
Arther, scouting above, warns them about an approaching hill giant. They manage to avoid the giant with some sneaking and a little trap of a sapling slapping at the giant.
Another shock of green is seen, but they ignore it, for when Brianna calls out to it, nothing responds.
They come to a river, a decently brisk water that could be crossed. Crossing it would take several hours off of their travel time that going around would avoid. Ivan and Ziah voted to go around, but Brianna wished to cross, so she tied herself to a tree and started across, reasoning that if she makes the other side, she could tie it off and convince the others to swim along the rope.
However, she is not a strong swimmer, and before she could recover from the current, she felt a clawed hand wrap around her ankle and pull her under. The others attempted to pull her up, but it kept pulling down, claws going up her body. Lights danced in front of her eyes and she heard a gurgling beside her ear before it let go and they were able to pull her out
Brianna relented her position and they unanimously voted to go around.
There is a column of smoke from a large campfire, but they elect to ignore it and continue until they can hunker down and set up camp themselves. During this time, Ivan attempts to burn off some of his natural psionic powers to avoid catastrophe, but while coming down from a successful levitation, he accidentally causes the campfire to flare up. Ziah dodges it stealthfully, but Brianna is burned, and so is her clothes that had been set out to dry.
With some annoyance, they sleep with no other issue, and are able to wake and get back to town before noon. They sell their loot and wait for the merchant Tian.
With the proof of Razou’s death and the return of the amulet, Tian is happy to pay the 700 gold pieces. The two pieces of the amulet he was able to repair before their eyes, melting it slightly to get it back into two pieces. It is amazing, to say the least, but everyone disembarks after splitting the gold, Ivan to his home, the others to the inn.
Ivan does notice tonight that the cloak he has received from the dryad cannot be removed.