After another day of travel, the group makes it to Stern Hope and are filled in on the specifics of the situation by Abbot Skae. After learning of strange lights in the hills around the small settlement, the explorers decide to investigate and are attacked by some local fauna. However, upon closer inspection, the beast has several life-threatening wounds not inflicted by the party. Due to the amount of decay on the wounds.
Despite the explorer’s claim that there is something much deeper to this, the Abbot declares that he will continue with the ceremony to sanctify the new site. As morning prayer begins the next day however, Stern Hope is attacked.