The Derps went to Nevard Secum’s home and agreed to escort him to “the hill.” It apparently was a horrible place that would give Nevard the ability to learn something useful. Each member had to bleed into a cup of milk to ensure the Skyseer would survive. This also meant that if Nevard was harmed so to would each member.
The morning was spent preparing for the journey and also involved a visit to Reed Macbannin in order to receive some last minute assistance.
The Mayor gave each person a rusty iron amulets that were supposed to keep them safe from possession. He also provided them with goats blood to help keep their camp safe.
The blood would not help.
In the middle of the night it got cold and then The Derps started to get visions as though they were tripping. Nilasa made an appearance and warned them that her killer was approaching. Shortly after, their camp was surrounded by Cauldron hill shadowmites and other unsavory creatures. Hoping to avoid their attention the group remained as silent as possible, but this helped little as a shadowy figure threw a sunrod into the middle of their camp.
With the shadowmites attention now on The Derps it was do or die time, emphasis on the die part.
Fortunately everyone survived.. well.. except for Aemon Huntinghawk. Due to his bravery, the others were able to defeat the assailants and make it back down the hill with the knowledge that Nevard had gained.