Shortly after leaving Heiligen the group encountered Lincoln, a merchant from Blackburn, his wagon broken on the side of the road. Helping repair his wagon Anthony then decides to sends Althea, Edmir, Valik, and Ærch to escort Lincoln back to Blackburn to ensure his safe return and that of their winter supplies. Along the way the cries of children echo through the rain. Ærch has been distrustful of Lincoln from the beginning and questions the authenticity of the cries for help. The others begin to question and doubt as well. They have all seen the face of darkness first hand and know better than to trust their eyes and ears so easily.