The party, fresh from the battle, decided to explore the abandoned mineshaft that the goblins had tried to take over. They came upon a mother Skunkbear using the mine as its den, and quickly decided that it was in their best interests not to disturb her, as she was clearly protecting her cubs.
Further on the path, they came across a crossroads, one direction leading to Alianna, the other to Dhumpus. Deciding that the path north was their most prudent, they arrived at the top of the hill to find the village of Dhumpus, a village of sick and crippled people. Upon further investigation, they learned that the villagers believed that they were cursed, and that their crops had withered and their livestock died due to a punishment from the gods, but a quick prayer from the group’s resident cleric divined that the village was the victim of an unfortunate but cruel prank. The band discovered that the river was poisoned, and the mill was the source.
Try as they might, they could not find anything in the mill itself, but a thorough search of the area surrounding the mill uncovered a mysterious ring lodged in a rock in the river. Attempting to carefully extract the ring proved difficult for Sir Ither, and in a show of bravery he impetuously put the ring on his finger.
This proved to be a mistake. The ring was the source of the poison, and the knight quickly removed the ring, although not before he was ill. Natane quickly recovered the ring from Sir Ither and smashed a rock on it, leaving the ring shattered.
Upon hearing the news that their plight would soon be over, the grateful villagers invited them to their ramshackle but comfortable inn and treated them to a good meal and mead before their night’s rest. Satisfied with their day’s work, the party settled in for a good night’s rest.