After licking their wounds from the spiders, the group continues towards Stonehand. They get ambushed by Wilden along the road, attacking from the trees and using forest animal allies. Underestimating their foe, the Wilden all perish.
Eventually the forest path leads to Stonehand, headquarters for the dwarven mining operation. Ulfar Nordek meets the adventurers and decides to discuss the delays after a good night’s sleep. The next morning, Ulfar and the group are conversing when they hear a low rumble from the woods. The run outside to see what is happening, only to encounter a herd of dire boars, charging towards Stonehand. The boars have no problem crashing through the buildings and trampling any fool in their way. Wilden attackers show up behind the boars, hoping to mop the mining town off the map. A fierce battle ensues, and the Wilden are beaten back to the forest.
Knocked out in the stampede, Ulfar wakes up and thanks the group. He presents his prized warhammer, Boulder, to Korvas as thanks. Still battlecrazed, Korvas intimidates Ulfar, wanting to know more about the Sardite that is strewn about the camp. Ulfar, confused by Korvas’ demands, tells the party about how the mining contract is to secretly mine Sardite for Mirnan. The high chancellor, Ulric Alistair, had orders to keep the true activities a secret. The party takes some samples from the wreckage and heads back home.
Passing through Thandol, the party sees signs of a recent attack. Gradak Dragonsbane explains that the Wilden had come out of the woods and attacked the village without warrant. They retreated back to the woods with women and children prisoner. He begs the party to go back into the forest to save them. Sardis negotiates with Gradak to have them accompany them.
Lunaris tracks the prisoners to the edge of the Windshear mountains. A large tree towers over a clearing, where many Sardite crystals protrude the trunk and ground. An alter and cages are nearby, holding the kidnapped prisoners. Wilden stand guard as their holy men are preparing a ritual. The party decides to interrupt their dance with sword and magic. One prisoner is unfortunately lost to the sacrificial blade, though Ghesh makes sure that doesn’t happen again. Sardis frees the prisoners and bids them to escape. A couple of the prisoners run north, towards the great tree, only to trigger a massive discharge of magic energy. Both bodies were vaporized instantaneously.