Mort suggests that he go to look for Chesso, the horse, but one of the humans says that there is a sheer drop in the direction Chesso ran, and that they heard him go over it. An unusual-looking bird suddenly lands nearby – a raven with a greenish sheen to its wings. It looks at the group for a while, then flies over to the wagon and appears to scrutinise the dead snakes. As Mirrip is talking to the shocked group of humans and the halfling, and Shiraka is prowling around keeping watch nearby, only Gregg and Mort see this bird – Gregg approaches it and tries to speak to it, but after looking at him for a few moments, it suddenly flies off again, calling loudly as it disappears from view beyond the trees. This puts Gregg and Mort on alert, as they think the bird seemed rather too intelligent, and now could be calling for some kind of back-up.
Shiraka hears the calls of the bird and comes over to ask about it, having missed seeing it due to her own line of sight being blocked by foliage. Gregg describes the raven and Shiraka seems to relax, saying that they have nothing to worry about but not elaborating on this, apparently assuming that Gregg will already know why the raven poses no threat. Gregg misses this, saying that the group should be careful and describing the bird’s behaviour, saying he doesn’t trust it. Shiraka is a little surprised at this attitude, and realises that there is something he’s neglected to speak to someone about back in Farwatch – this raven it turns out, is a type known as a “Greenfeather raven”, and is one of an unknown number who are companions to Kargak’s druid friend, and are the ones the two of them use to convey their messages, Kargak reportedly doing so by writing his words down and attaching them to the bird’s leg.
Shiraka puts the matter aside now, saying it is likely that the bird has gone to inform the druid (a member of the Circle) of what has happened. She then quitly broaches the matter of the nearby corpses, saying they should be disposed of in some way lest they attract any scavengers which may be in the area, and as this place is new to the group, they have no way of knowing what kind of creatures may be lurking in the region. She suggests that they make a pile of the bodies and Gregg burns them with his fire. Mort firmly says that the bodies should be put into the wagon and taken to wherever the people want them to go. Shiraka points out that it is likely that help will come at some point (as suggested by the previous presence of the raven), and that therefore it would be best to stay put for the time being. In which case, something should be done about the corpses before they start to rot. Mort is firm on the matter of the people being told about this, and since he makes no move to go and tell them, Shiraka goes to do so herself.
She approaches them and inquires as to whether they know about the Greenfeather ravens – Lirris says he’s heard about them. She tells him that she has seen one and that it is likely help is on its way and that they should therefore stay to wait for its arrival. She then, rather bluntly, asks what they want done with the bodies. They go into a private huddle to discuss the matter. Mirrip leaves them to it and stands nearby, keeping watch. Shiraka moves around to the other side of the group to do the same.
Gregg asks Mirrip how the people are doing, and the half-elf replies that they seem about as unhappy as might be expected in such a situation. He then makes a similar suggestion to Shiraka (not having heard her when she spoke to Gregg and Mort previously) regarding the bodies – that something should be done about them, and for the same reasons Shiraka suggested. He explains that murafu bodies are simply put somewhere out-of-the way, either into an unused burrow or cave, or pushed off a cliff or similar.
After a short while, Lirris (apparently acting as the spokesperson for the group) says that they think it would be best to stay put, as it seems highly likely that the Circle will know about their predicament (through the druid and her ravens) and come to help them. He mentions that his brother is a member of the Circle and works somewhere in the region, and goes on to say that he thinks returning home would probably be the best thing for them to do now. He also says that the group will say their final goodbyes to their friends and then asks that the bodies be disposed of in some way – Gregg agrees to burn them, and so Shiraka goes off and begins to gather firewood – Lirris and the humans soon join her, and she and Mirrip keep an eye on them while they search.
The plan is to move the wagon along the road a little way, setting up a pyre near the scene of the fight and burning the bodies. The group can then move back a little way along the road and set up camp there to wait for the arrival of the Circle.
Meanwhile, several Greenfeather ravens seem to have shown up, and are perched on various boulders and tree branches, croaking quietly amongst themselves and apparently watching the group. When Gregg points this out, one of the humans simply says “The Circle is watching us” – all of them seem to become a little more relaxed at this and appear relieved.