A trio of unlikely heroes comes together in the Finneroak, where Druid Finbaar has made camp near the Lumenspring to gather herbs. The self-taught master of the wild literally runs into Telvas, a wounded Elven warrior who is obviously seeking a place to hide (but from what?). In any case, Finbaar tends to the Elf’s wounds (to include a huge gash across his brow).
The duo becomes a trio when Rafos the Ranger reveals himself and his missions — seems there have been problems near the Kohara, the dense wood (sometimes called “The Suicide Forest”). The spirits protecting the wood have been “acting up” (or so the local hunters day).
The three decide to investigate. In short order, they are drawn into the wood by the Syrins, the dryadic spirits of Kohara. Hopelessly lost and, at one point, beseiged by the normally peaceful spirits, the trio makes their way to the wellspring, the Dul’thur, a magical pond that fuels the pristine wood. Within the pond they find the source of the Koharran spirits’ antipathy—a water elemental has taken residence within!
Through a combination of druidic ritual by Finbarr, combined with the subduiing techniques of Ranger Rafos and Warrior Telvas, the trio expunges the corruption from the pond. The Dryads transport them to the wood’s edge, grateful, but warning them to stay away nevertheless. In any case, the three heroes from disparate backgrounds begin to forge a bond.