The North men are kind enough to help the travelers by providing them with a ride on their long ship. The ship lands at the river that leads to the Ice Shard Lake. The North men take their leave and provide each person in the party with a small amount of gold.
"Should you ever find yourself in our lands and need our help, we will not come. We have helped you only this once because of your prowess in battle, but we do not forget that it was you that murdered our kin. Farewell." says the older north man as they sail away.
The group travels through the wilderness for a day. The nights are becoming much colder and the days are shorter. Elos is confident the group is going to reach the eastern shore of the lake soon.
Near the end of the day, a stranger stops the group. He wears a mysterious cloak and wields a sword of familiar design to Elos and Aoshi, yet the blade is very different from anything they have seen.
"Who are you?" demands Elos.
"You are trespassing in these lands. Turn around and leave forever." the stranger replies.
"No kingdom lays claim to this cursed land! Tell us who you are!" shouts Elos, readying an arrow.
"Eth'Driel scum! I warned you! May your deaths be the first to seal Brimbatel's fate!" says the stranger as he casts a spell.
The stranger disappears in a cloud of smoke as five skeletons rise from the ground.