While crossing a river, the party is attacked by a giant freshwater octopus. They make it to an open hill with a circle of standing stones at the top around a large tree. Vampire Rose bushes cover the area inside the stones. A giant beetle attacks the party in the middle of the night. In the morning, they are able to see a symbol on the stones, but it is not a crescent moon. Myx and Cham recognize it as a ‘tree of life’, whose magical fruit has healing properties. Barlongren climbs up one of the stones and retrieves some fruit from the tree.
The party heads south towards a lake with a small island in it that they spotted from the hilltop. Arriving at the waters, they find their reflection in the lake is an old, elderly version of themselves, and they guess the lake’s waters will severely age those who enter. They camp by the lake, and a pair of ankhegs attacks them in the middle of the night. The next day, Cham casts Water Walk on Barlongren and he heads towards the island, but a giant eagle attacks him out on the water. Cham casts Water Walk on himself to come to Barlongren’s aid, but Swashy jumps on the cleric’s back, fearing the blue-eyed wight will come for her if Cham leaves her side. The eagle picks Barlongren up into the air and drops him in an attempt to kill him, but his Ring of Feather Falling effortlessly saves him, and the party finishes off the eagle.
Barlongren finds a symbol on the standing stones on the island, though it is not a crescent moon. He meets an old gnome who inhabits the island and claims to be the brother of Squim, the very human alchemist in Crow’s Point. The gnome says Crow’s Point is in danger, as the town has angered the local druid. The gnome provides Barlongren with a catalog of some of the symbols he found on druidic sites in the area. None are the crescent moon symbol, though Cham recognizes one as being the symbol for a different moongate. The gnome says the site is in the mountains to the north, and the party begins heading that way. They walk into a trap set by a tribe of wood imps, who launch a seemingly limitless number of poisoned javelins at the party. The poison knocks out numerous party members, but through a miraculous turn of luck, Swashy somehow survives long enough to cut down the last of the wood imps. With the rest of the party unconscious from the poison, Swashy is left standing alone in the forest.