Gaven expresses his appreciation to the dwarvish innkeeper: "Thank you very much for the information Harlon, may the Light shine on you."
To the Company, Gaven says, "It seems our best lead is the farmer Ned Willis. I say we head to his farm, question him, and if we gain no useful information we can search the woods to the north of his farm. We know the goblins are from Stagwood, and since Stagwood is to the east, it makes sense that they would start in the woods to their west. Plus, no one seems to have seen goblins on the road, so maybe they haven't passed over it yet. Does anyone else have a better idea? I am open to other suggestions."
"I agree Gaven. That seems to be a sound plan." Varros continues, "If we fail to uncover anything we can head cross country to the second local farm."
"I also think it is a sound plan," Oloc adds. "We visit Ned Willis and then make our way north." The mage then collects his belongings and prepares for the departure, thanking Harlon again for his help.
Once outside the door. Varros calls to Karnak and feeds him some more meat. The raven takes it gratefully. Varros also explains the plan to Karnak as he believes the bird to be quite intelligent. The bird tilts his head to one side as Varros talks, though it is difficult to really know if Karnak actually understands.
You head eastward along the narrow track that leads to Ned Willis' farm. Your march is uneventful, and as the sun climbs almost directly over head, you spy a split-rail fence in the distance. As you get nearer, you notice a tall, very strong young man working on a section of the barrier that looks in need of repair. There are several fresh rails and an assortment of tools leaning against a nearby intact section of the fence. The young man's dog begins to bark loudly as you approach, though the animal does not leave his master's side.
Seeing you approach, the young man stops what he's doing, picks up an axe in one hand, and raises the other in greeting.
"Good day, sirs," he calls, while you're still roughly fifty yards out. "What can I do for you today? We don't often get visitors up this path. If you're looking for the Fairbrook road, its about six miles back the way you came, and then south at the fork."