fter a night of very little sleep, the party awakens and meets up with Higen and prepare to head out on their rescue mission. After being briefed, they are taken to a fort in the forest by two sky bison. They stock up on supplies there, as well as an old mule named Jack and a young ostrich horse. Making their way into the forest, they travel for a few hours before coming to a river with a wooden bridge built over it. They hide in the forest when they hear the approach of a group of soldiers. The leader is mounted atop a Platypus Bear. When the group approaches they jump from cover and overwhelm them, killing the troops to a man. Moving further trough the mountains, Talin keeps up a heavy pace. Further in the mountains, the weather becoming cold and icy, he leads them on a secondary path deep into the forest. Coming upon a lake, they hear the approach of cavalry.
It turns out to be archers riding fast reptilian mounts. The party utilizes a spike trap to surprise and assault the group and dispatch them. Wounded and exhausted, they make their way further into the mountains as night falls, dark clouds gathering overhead. They finally come back across the main path, and skirting left into the nearby woods they make shelter in an abandoned cabin next to the nearby river. Finding canoes they plan to rest and take the river down the mountains and towards the valley where the Order is camped.