Black Dagger, a ranger who had been tracking the bandits, sees the attack and decides to help. The bandits are routed, but ? is wounded in the attack. The PCs journey to a nearby village to find a place for ? to recover. While in X, they learn that the local miller has disappeared while journeying to town to buy more grain. They are convinced by the villagers, after much difficulty, to help locate the missing miller, and hopefully the critical seed grain that the village needs. They journey north to town to try find the miller, and spot tracks and cart marks heading off towards the dark forest. Also seen are ravens flying overhead.