A young elf woman, who introduces herself as Asheiya, has arrived to serve as a guide to Gregg in his explorations of Shaeroth, as given the convoluted-seeming nature of the town visitors may easily become lost. The two set off, leaving the rest of the group to settle in for the night, and Gregg requests that be be taken somewhere with a good view.
As they walk, Asheiya answers some of Gregg’s questions about Embrachal and its elves. She explains that once, a very long time ago, there was some great war or other disaster elsewhere in the world which caused a group or refugees (or perhaps multiple groups) of mixed species to travel together and eventually discover the land that they would later name Embrachal. As these people all had to work together in order to survive and build new homes, this became part of the nature of their descendants as well, and Asheiya explains that most settlements these days are occupied not just by one single race (though some, like Shaeroth, are primarily occupied by just one). She does suggest that there may be some places less tolerant than others, but says that since every major inhabitant of the land is descended from those original settlers, it is unlikely that any settlement would be truly hostile toward strangers, or toward one particular race.
Despite this, Asheiya also explains that the wilds of the land, where dwell many unknown creatures, can still be extremely dangerous – there are some creatures which have existed within Embrachal since long, long before these other races came to live there.
Gregg inquires as to whether there are any “ancient evils”, perhaps in stories or such-like. Asheiya gives mention of some kind of war against a dracolich, many centuries before, which led to the creation of the Grey Reaches. She also suggests that, far to the west, the great chasm which forms that border of Embrachal may have been caused by something. As to more recent history, however, she says she knows of nothing which has come to the attention of her people, at least.
As the two speak of some of the differences between her people and his, Asheiya leads Gregg up a spiral path, and soon they emerge onto a platform at the top of a very tall tree. Gregg beholds a view of the forest around him, as well as the distant mountains and some hills and grasslands, though it is gradually fading into darkness as night falls.
Once he’s done admiring the view, Gregg is led by Asheiya back down and through Shaeroth to the building that has been lent to the group as sleeping quarters. Here she leaves him, and after thanking her for her time and the information, he rejoins the group and settles down himself to sleep.