Kvothe listens closely to the girls.
“Yes, Oeridian Aspens are amazing creatures. Looks can be so deceiving. You would never know that all of these are the same tree unless you dig down and really look. We’re all more connected than we realize.”
“There are many good creatures here, don’t judge us by one senseless act.”
“The silvery designs on your arms are beautiful, what are they?"
Storm has lighted a torch and just walk towards them at a normal pace. When I get to the clearing I’m just going to ask why they’re having a secret meeting that very clearly involves everyone.
No one pays attention to his statement instead listening to the girls.
Emmer responds to Kvothe, “Two years ago, the three of us became very sick. Gerty, Verla and I became very sick. They were too young to remember, but I do. My mom prayed day and night. In the middle of the night, with my mom sleeping next to our bed, a man came in. He was all pale, but his hair and cloak shined like gold in the firelight. He placed his hand on the three of us and the fever broke. That is when Gerty went deaf. They appeared then.”
She lifts up her arm and it glows as though she cast the cantrip light on it. She then lets it dim.
Kvothe studies Emmer. He looks at the hilt of Emmer’s dagger and sees that it is similar to both Tiberius’ dagger and the larger emblem that is on Tiberius’ shield. The fact that they said that their parents were returning to Hawkburgh in the Theocracy of the Pale tells you that they most likely worship the same god as Tiberius — Pholtus.
Emmer looks at everyone and says, “There is great evil coming this way. In fact, it might already be here. I fear it has turned your friend in the moat house. He may have to be put down like a rabid dog. Do not be saddened. This is happening everywhere we have traveled. Good can triumph over evil, but only if you stand up to it.”
The conversation is interrupted when one of the strange body part undead creatures crosses the outer ring of trees. The party and Emmer stands up and faces the creature. Verla continues to take care of the wounded chef. Gerty jumps over the chef, getting in between creature and them, and crouches down with her fingertips outstretched on the ground like she did when she cast the shied-like spell.
When it sees everyone stand up, it seems startled and retreats.
Since the girls seem to know more about this than we do, I quickly look at them and ask “Should we destroy it?”When Raif sees the undead creature he immediately ran towards it with his shillelagh ready to strike. Fully rested, unlike the rest of the party, he though about changing forms to a faster creature, but instead chose to ask the girls what to do. He turned and yelled, “Should we destroy it?!?”
Emmer quickly responded, “We have no idea what they are or what they are doing!”
Raif reached the section of the ring of trees where the creature appeared and stuck his head out. There was no sign of it. In fact, there wasn’t even prints on the ground even though the creature was a bunch of arms and legs all twisted together.
Raif looks at the girls and asks, “Who are you? What are you doing here? Where are you coming from? Where are you going? Why is that thing after you? What was it about your Caravan that you think caused it to be attacked?”
Helm looks at Raif sternly and Raif replies, “Basically, their presence might be putting us in danger and I need a reason to stay in that situation.” Helm grumbles “you are right, let’s gets some eyes up and watch our surroundings…”
Verla, the middle child, looked to Raif and asked “Are you a druid?” Raif answered “Yes.” Verla then asked, “Which god do you worship? Who gives you your power?”
Raif looked at her with a face that even a child understood meant that it was none of their business. Verla was taken aback, but continued. “Our god is worshiped by a great many druids. I was hoping you were one of them.”
Tobold finished putting together a shelter and had a fire lit. The girls huddled near the fire.
Emmer then looked at Helm. “Why won’t you pick a side?”
Helm: “I chose sides once before kid. It didn’t end well but led me here. Now I stand where my god directs me, which is with you now, apparently. Tell us your need I have other business my god demands of me as well.”