Finishing up their patrol with the Furfeather Scouts, our heroes take a rest for the evening, sleeping and healing in various places.
In the morning everyone does some stuff, Kjarik notices something magical in the air, then head out to look for the “weird folks” outside the safety forest.
Near the edge of the forest they come across some trees with strange shiny rocks attached to their bark. May pulls one off to inspect, only to be accosted by an unfamiliar Druid who grouches that she’s ruining her bedazzle work.
The Druid reveals herself to be Coni of the Natural Blonds, here to Bedazzle Bark. The Natural Blond are so busy Bedazzling Bark in fact, that they don’t have time to help their friend Stella move to her new place! Stella is very scared of leaving her home though, so she needs someone to accompany her.
The group asks what the payment will be, but Coni only replies that they don’t believe in the artificial construct of money, and they’ll be rewarded with something else. Some threats are made against trees, and Glitterbark steps in as a warning.
Following a path of flowers, the group comes across a small bush, out steps Stella, a lady made of plants. The party introduce themselves, and Stella nervously packs her bush for transport, then places a blindfold on herself to keep calm while travelling through the very scary world.
Following some more flowers, Iaza talks with Stella to keep her calm. When they reach the forested area outside the safety forest, some rustling is heart, and the group tells Stella they’re taking a “break” while they investigate the noise.
Peeking into the woods, Jun is attacked by a wolf!
Iaza starts playing the bagpipes amazingly and also loudly to cover the fighting noise, Light climbs a tree to get better vantage, May hides in the undergrowth for tactical advantage, and Kjarik prepares magic.
More wolves attack openly, one attacks super stealthily, many die from magic and punches.
Light throws some of his rations on the ground, and so the wolf leader grabs some and calls for a retreat. Most of the other wolves flee too, some get brutally killed before they get the chance.
All the while Stella jams to the bagpipes, unaware of the wolves.
Continuing along the path, they deliver Stella to an idealic little grove. She excitedly plants her bush home, and the remaining Natural Blonds soon show up to throw her a housewarming party.
Coni makes some alcoholic goodberries for the party and gives a few to some of the group, as well as 50lbs of high quality organic beeswax as payment.
The group splits the wax, and Kjarik eats his berries, getting drunk immediately.
Now the goal is to head to Wybury Crag for the remaining quests.
On their way the group encounters the river, which must be crossed. A rope is tied between the shore, but keeps untying for some reason.
Kjarik drunkenly falls into the river, and the combined efforts of May and Jun get him out., everyone else gets across fine.
May offers to sell Light her dagger, Light magically commands her to eat a berry, then tries to convince her the dagger is his. Upon failure, he stealthily steals the dagger off her.