Atlas and Barbus laid around in the forest for days, too weak to do anything else, while Barbus hunted for food and water. The more they stayed, the more prominent it was that they were being watched and they were soon attacked by a small army of Faflings. After barely defeating them because the party was so weak, they continued on, soon arriving at Stronghold, where they were met by Captain Torvin, who told them that they were also fugitives from Stronghold. However, Torvin was still on their side so took Sunny’s body to watch over it. Carter was also returned to them by a mysterious diminutive creature hidden by shadow. The party was too weary to question it though, so they continued. They then arrived at a new stronghold, King’s Mantle, where they were met by an even larger army of Faflings. They escaped, and Dropkick, Atlas, and Barbus were hospitalized. Atlas and Barbus soon left, but Dropkick had to stay a while longer. Barbus then found a cleric who would be able to revive Sunny, but he needed two diamonds. After gambling and fighting Faflings for the two diamonds they could finally revive Sunny, but first they would need the Malner’s body. The two rushed to Stronghold, and narrowly saved Sunny from being cremated. Back at King’s Mantle, after a successful reviving and more hospital time, everyone was healthy, and they decided to celebrate, but their happiness was short lived, as when they got back to the inn, they found a note from Barbus that said he was tired of not relying on himself for his own survival and had gone off into the woods to kill something.
In the woods, Barbus stumbled upon a bandit encampment with 70 bandits that he could see. He was filled with rage, as these could be the same bandits that destroyed his village. He decided to sneak around to find a better way in, but was intercepted by a smaller group that tied him up and brought him before the rest of the bandits. He was then forced into an arena-like situation, where he killed 17 wolves with his feet and 6 bandits once free. However, he knew he was about to die, so to save Sparky, he threw him outside of the ring of bandits and into the woods, then he was knocked unconscious. He awoke in a cage, where he was injected by syringes and everything went black.
The party came upon the same settlement and saw Barbus tied up. Dropkick distracted the bandits by making their fire grow bigger while the unseen servant untied Barbus. The party called him over, but realized too late that he was not in control of his actions. He knocked out Sunny, but was finally defeated and was brought to the hospital. Sparky was soon returned. Now healed up again, with everyone together and a new determination, the party set off for a distant monastery.