So the party finally arrives at Ascanor Lodge, but Belik of Courtaud refuses to let them in as their arrival had not been announced. When the party is trying to clear this up, they hear a conversation between Duristan Silvio Ariesir and Delgros Kroitzcer about a hunt for werewolves. When Duristan sees the party of adventurers he’s immediately starstruck and invites them for the hunt. Not having anything better to do, the party agrees.
During the hunt the party is attacked by a bunch of giant boars, which they easily dispatch. Duristan decides to set up camp there and the party and Delgros try to dissuade him. When it becomes clear that Duristan won’t be convinced, Delgros leaves and the party decides to stay, to make sure Duristan is safe.
During the night the party is indeed attacked by a group of angry werewolves. They kill four guards before delivering a message. They’re from the Primal clan of werewolves and apparently someone at Ascanor Lodge is meddling in werewolf affairs and wishes to promote Mattis of the Silverhide clan to king of the werewolves. The werewolves want to send the party on their way with that warning, but Georgi and Sheen refuse to let the werewolves get away with murder and want to send them a message of their own. The overconfident werewolves attack, but as Georgi’s attacks strike true agains the leader of the primals, Sheen’s magic forces another werewolf back into his human form. When Ildan riddles the werewolves with arrows as both Pathnit Napeeluna and Nuna advance, the werewolves beat a hasty retreat.
Back at Ascanor Lodge the party is now allowed in and they’re invited to talk to Estovion Lozarov about their goals. The next day when they begin their investigation into the Whispering Way and the meddling with the werewolves, they find a warning message on their door.
Over the next few days they acquaint themselves better with the other guests. Duristan is almost always somewhere near the party and Sheen introduces herself to Cilas Graydon, who apparently was waiting for a certain Echtmore Draven. As Sheen remembers the name from a letter she found on the corpse near the road, she also recalls Duristan bragging about killing the man, believing he was a werewolf. Not wanting to get on the bad side of Cilas Greydon, who is very influential in this region, Sheen convinces Duristan to tell Cilas the truth about what happened. While Cilas was at first very pleased with the party’s return of Draven’s missing equipment, his mood sours considerably at the news of how his friend was murdered. They decide to go to the place where the corpse was buried by the party.