Satisfied with a job will done, Fiver and Enda rode on the back of an overly-large hummingbird, relaxing during what should have been an uneventful return to Frourio Macha. Smoke coming the town’s location had an entirely different idea, desiring more out of the already weary adventurers.
Where there’s smoke, there is very often fire, the two and their steed learned first hand that day, as Frourio Macha was in the midst of burning to the ground. To add insult to horrifying, life-threatening injury, laughter could be heard within the town behind an obviously magical wall of fire.
The adventurers that they are, Enda and Fiver rode over the wall and into the town to find out details about the unfortunate ruckus. They were met by an Ignaiad and another unidentifiable creature that looked familiar, but they really couldn’t place. Immediately, battle began.
The fight was noble, but Enda and Fiver were simply too drained and therefore outmatched by the pair of arsonists, being forced to flee for their lives before they too were slaughtered mercilessly as we can only assume all of those women and children were.
Of course, our noble heroes weren’t going to give up so easily, as almost literally every single individual Fiver had ever known in his entire life seemed to now be dead or dying. The two made their way to the side entrance into the Sandlewood Warren area of the town and cleared a raging fire that was burning over the entrance.
They began to crawl inside as smoke billowed out, risking their lives for the possibility of saving any survivor’s of the massacre. Enda’s uncanny ability to control air allowed them to do a precursory search of the tunnels, but to no avail. The only rabbits they found had already died, and, unfortunately, the smoke was thickening. As they made their way out of the tunnel, they found that the entrance was once again blocked by fire. Dispersing it, they climbed out of the tunnels to find the Ignaiad awaiting them.
Fleeing was the only option, and they fled well. Making it back to where they’d left Enda’s humming-steed, it began to rain. They collected their thoughts and meditated on what should be done.
While meditating in the rain, Enda was struck by lightning and received a vision, “Seek the Route (Root?)” reverberated through his head. It seemed pretty straight forward to Fiver, but there was some wiggle room in what it meant, so who knows?
After the rain died down, they made camp to rest and regather themselves in the morning. Unfortunately, our adventuring heroes couldn’t catch a break and were attacked by spiders. It seems, though, that hummingbirds are pretty good at killing spiders, so, though Fiver was useless and Enda was scared out of his mind, the encounter ended with a bunch of dead spiders. And one unmoving, strengthless gnome, but that was taken care of in the morning with only minimal psychological scarring.
As dawn broke and the pair awoke and prayed to their various deities, doing divine things and the like, a raven appeared. It was a message! From Bodb! They were to the south! He said “we”! That means there are more survivors than just him! Maybe all was not lost and Fiver wouldn’t become a shell of the rabbit he once was.