Searching for the lost crew members, the heroes crossed into the forest. Following the tracks of the men who had been dragged away, they heard cries of anguish and alarm coming all around. A Dryad emerged from one of the trees, warning of an attack by strange creatures, called Spriggans, that has killed her sisters and were destroying her grove.
While the Dryad did not live much longer, the heroes hurried to find her grove. Several of the so called Spriggans, small men with brambles and thorns growing from their bodies, were burning other dryads, captured the crew and even a unicorn. A furious battle ensued, in which they discovered that Spriggans could increase in size, and despite the aid of some Quicklings, the heroes routed the creatures and freed the captives.
The Unicorn, Palombier, was enormously grateful for their arrival and rescue and explained that these were servants claiming to be from the Mother who had brought fell magic upon the forest. He also referred to Grimmroot as one of the ‘forsaken’, but did not offer much clarity as to why. He also explained that the Nari caravan members would have fled to one of the nearby Fey Mounds. After pleas to both mount and have Palombier join their party the unicorn said he would aid the crew in getting to safety but could not join them. The sole living Dyrad, Fehwin, explained where they could find the feymound and hopefully rescue the Nari.
On their way to the Fey Mound Lomdi became aware that they were being followed. It turned out that their pursuer was one of the forest’s guardian Giants. Introducing himself as Vinroot, he explained that he was trying to rescue the Nari who had been taken at the fey mound when it was overwhelmed. These dark creatures were being brought over from somewhere he called The First World. The evil creatures served a monsterous spider-woman named Tenzekil. Their goal seemed to be the corruption of the World Tree, a holy site and original gateway from which he said all Fey entered the world. The fey mounds also served as lesser gateways which is why the Spriggans and other creatures sought them out.
Making haste, the party found that they fey mound was overrun by not just the Spriggans but also Myceloids, mushroom humanoids, devouring the captive Nari. Lomdi wasted no time throwing himself into the midst of the creatures devouring his kin and Grim hurried to join. Toonan and Vinroot set upon the Spriggans and after a brutal conflict they slew all of the foul creatures.
The grateful Nari explained that their caravan, which numbered close to a hundred, had been beseiged while the attempted to navigate the mist laden forests. Under such an attack the fox-people scattered into the forest hoping to reach protection at the fey mounds. One member claimed to have found where the mists were originating from, a series of waterfalls called Dead Man’s Drop. Vinroot explained where this was and offered to take the survivors to an enclave where the other forest guardians were gathering to try and make a stand against this gathering evil.