The party returned to the wilden camp and reported their success at defeating the reptilian guardians who protected the Grove of Despair. The wilden presented the party with the antidote they needed to save Gerard and Autumn and their gratitude. With that the party departed for the river to join the foundling elves and Captain Nikko.
Along the way they were ambushed by a troop of human raiders. Barely had they begun to win the battle when another band of raiders joined the fray against them. When at last they had defeated all the raiders, the party started out again, only to be waylaid again. Clearly someone does not want them to reach the river alive!