Edward seems rallied in the morning and three of you receive a +1 IronWood bow. The wood is so strong that should the bow break, you will be incapable of restringing it. The path forward is altered substantially since Edward last visited here and he will no longer be of much use to you. Al senses spider venom in the trees as the towering rotted trunks close in around you and the sounds of the forest vanish.
You find yourself at a split in the path. The path left was dark and dry, the center improved but overgrown, and the right moist and verdant. Democracy plays out in an unfortunate roll of the dice and the bright lights you cast awaken a handful of spiders. A short skirmish breaks out and only stops because of Alazander the whispering spider whisperer steps forward. His lies placate the spiders long enough for you to find a sacrifice and pass through unscathed.
The relief is short lived. A massive maze of web and poisoned ironwood trees blocks your path and you have no choice but to enter. The party is sharp and avoids the first few poorly laid traps. Ciaran is volunteered as a scout forward, and while he manages to avoid most of the traps, he is ambushed by a nesting spider. The party sprints forward at the sound of his bow loosing, but as they turn the corner with weapons draw, they find an impaled spider pinned to the ground by an arrow and harpoon.
A few close calls and the party manages to escape with all of their equipment. The darkness clears and the flora changes drastically. Short mountain flowers and soft brush cover the ground. It stands less than a foot tall and the beautiful flowers are harshly juxtaposed by the towering trees. As you walk, Meredith notices a small rabbit wearing red petal epaulets bouncing towards you.
He delivers a quick notice and an invitation to meet Califur and the Coalition of small creatures not wanting to be eaten by larger creatures. Califur extends her hospitality to you and explains the plight of the creatures of Ashton. The beings of the forest are being awoken and the magic jaguar Crooks attempts to control every living being. His consumption of magic is a vile search for power. You all volunteer to infiltrate Ashton and attempt to remove Crooks from power so Califur creates an incredible potion for you each. You meet some creatures, eat, and rest. And, when you wake up, Califur presents you each with a vile.
Al becomes the symbol of Tellerius – a sheep
Ciaran becomes the dark panther
Meredith becomes the far traveler of the woods – a squirrel
Rei becomes the misunderstood hunter – a wolf