The heroes learn from Bonkers that there is a “stone house” to the south with boats at it. As they near what appears to be a keep being rebuilt, they try to stealthily investigate. After finding that the keep is guarded, under repair, and flying a flag of Torm, Lantian approaches the gate and hails the guard. After checking with their leader, the guards usher in the party and take them to the keep. Here, the party meets a burly man who is brusque and to the point. He questions them harshly and provides little information back. The party is dismissed and runs into an old woman in the yard. She ushers them into the chapel and speaks at length about a religion revering water. The party tries to get as much information as they can, but then ultimately are expelled from the keep. After travelling into the evening, the party sleeps at a safe distance from the keep. They see a massive fire on a hilltop to the west and decide to investigate the following day. From the hazy skies Ikki can see a tower, several camps with tents, and a giant figure at the top of the hill. They take most of the day climbing the hill, arriving at nightfall. They send Nessa to investigate and she discovers the furthest camp from the summit contains druids. She finds the friendly and even welcoming, and the party stays with them a while. The druids speak of a rite that will happen that night so the party stays to investigate. Near midnight the group heads up to a higher camp and people begin to gather there. Two men guard the path to the top of the hill denying some people access while admitting others. The guards turn away several members of the party, but admit Brenna as she produces flames. The make a hand gesture to her and send her up. There she meets one of the druids and watches the ritual. The giant wicker man stacked with wood again, ready to light, and the people all chant. Then, two robed men walk through the crowd and select the druid, taking her to the back of the effigy where an old man makes symbols over her imbuing her with sparks and fire. She then walks into the wicker man and it starts on fire shooting out energy and flames. The crowd goes crazy and seems to draw energy from it. Then the old man raises his arms and snuffs out the statue. The crowd disperses and Brenna tries to talk to the robed men, but finds them to not be forthcoming. She tries to view the wicker man unsuccessfully and is told to leave the yard by guards on the tower’s scaffolding. Perkins flies up to the wicker giant but finds no trace of the woman or anything inside it. Nessa, Flint, and Lantian decided to go around the back of the camp and try to sneak in to the tower, but found the rear of the place well lit and inhabited by Hellhounds. One of them seemed to sniff out the adventurers, so Lantian snuffed the lights and they made a break for it. They alerted a small camp by making too much noise, but Lantian and Flint played it off like Flint was drunk and they continued on to meet up with the group. When all together, the group headed down the hill and camped a good distance from the creepy fire worshipers.