Lilith has returned from her ghostly sabbatical. She mentioned something about an eclipse and something about increased ghost activity. In any case, the party gathers together for the journey with Olivie. Yish is so hung over that he is essentially unconscious. So they strap him to the cart and begin the journey.
There is discussion of hot springs. Hnng asks whether there are hot springs along the way to the ruins. Olivie responds affirmatively, but she adds that it is a research site for distilling acids. They decide it would not be relaxing to go into those hot springs.
Marda continues ranting about the importance of saving the animals. Olivie, after spend two nights with Marda, is visibly avoiding being near her.
In passing a marsh, the party begins crossing a bridge to go over a particularly swampy area. Lilith is walking behind the cart. Marda is on the horse which is dragging the cart. The cart is an open flat bed about two feet above the ground. Olivie is in front of the cart, with Hnng close behind her. A loud thud crashes into the cart; what looks like a deer’s head with very large antlers is visible, but the body is gangly, and the eyes are the size of saucers. It is trying to grab Yish. Hnng asks Olivie what the thing is; she screams that it is a boggart and seems not at all prepared for this venture.
In attempting to grab Yish, the boggart’s movement causes the cart, weakened from the initial impact of the boggart dropping into it, to crack; the boggart’s body falls halfway through and is stuck. However, Yish is still within the boggart’s reach. Olivie shoots her already loaded crossbow (Yish mentions his always loaded crossbow). Olivie is scared and inexperienced, so she points the weapon in the general direction of the cart, turns her head away, closes her eyes, and shoots. The bolt gets stuck in the side of cart. Lilith runs up from behind the cart, swinging her morningstar and hits the severely hindered boggart. Clarion dives under the cart and uses an inflict wounds spell as she touches the boggart’s pinky toe. Hnng turns to Olivie, tells her, “watch this”, and then rushes forward with the intent of vaulting over the side of the cart and grappling the boggart. Hnng manages to get himself over the edge, but his foot gets caught, and he falls straight into the cart, with his face planted into Yish’s crotch. Hnng is disappointed that he wasn’t able to impress Olivie, but he stands up. Marda turns around on the horse and shoots an icicle at the boggart, and then crawls into the cart.
The boggart struggles to get out of its compromised position. Although it remains stuck, it does manage to hurt Hnng somewhat. Olivie runs off to the other side of bridge and into the woods. Lilith also casts inflict wounds and touches the boggart from on top of the cart. The boggart begins coughing up blood. Clarion then strikes the boggart’s legs with her steel scarf. Hnng attempts to tackle the boggart, imagining himself a luchador jumping off the ropes; he is slightly aroused from the sensation of touching the boggart. Marda stabs at the boggart with her trident.
The boggart finally manages to master the cart situation. Olivie is still off in the woods somewhere. Lilith misses with her morningstar. Clarion once again strikes with her steel scarf, and the boggart falls unconscious. Hnng is even more aroused by the sensation of the body falling limp.
Hnng begins checking the body for loot. Hnng now sees that the boggart was male. Underneath its fur (all matted into dreadlocks), Hnng feels something hard on its sternum. It smells very bad (12 years of swamp water). Hnng manages to hack away the fur and finds an amulet. Hnng continues working the chain out of the fur. Once the amulet is free, Hnng shouts out for Olivie, but there is no response. So Hnng goes off in search of Olivie, with Marda and Lilith following. As Hnng runs past a tree, Olivie swings her sword out; of course, Hnng is so short that the sword goes over his head. She is very distraught and worried about the boggart, but Hnng assures her that the boggart is dead and that he single-handedly killed it to rip the amulet off of it for her. At first, Olivie totally buys Hnng’s lie, but Marda and Lilith try to get the story correct. After this, Olivie has some doubts about Hnng’s story, but her opinion of Hnng has gone up by six points. In any case, Olivie refuses Hnng’s amulet (it smells terrible), so Hnng walks back to the cart while appraising it, thinking of it as a symbol of the new level of the relationship Hnng now has with Olivie. He realizes that it is worth more than 1000 gold pieces. Hnng puts it in his chest pocket, convinced that it was the reason Olivie sort of believed his story.
In the meantime, Clarion mends the cart. Yish is still asleep. The party continues on and makes camp after the end of the marsh, where a plains area begins.