The next morning found the group stirring late. Not all remained from the previous night. Ameiko appeared to have had enough of erupting volcanos and decided to creep away before the rest awoke rather than confront them about his cowardice. More importantly to most (and especially to Vadania), Kendle had also gone missing, though she had left a crudely scratched, pictographic message. Aust and Vadania puzzled over it for some time before deciding that Kendle apparently believed the cat Alexi had told her to follow alone to look for some sort of shiny sword. There was a picture of Aust (assumably) holding the sword and stepping on the severed head of some monster. When the kender apparently protested and wanted to bring Vadania, there was an image of a head on a spike….