The rumors filter through slowly that a scouting party (there are a lot of them these days, aren't there?) from Artshall returns to the ducal seat with one of its children dazed and injured. Lady Jael Laurent appears to have a nasty head wound, while Baron Norwood and Princess Alis Valardin are grim faced. But that's not the only injured member of their party, Lady Tesha Telmar has sustained wounds along her side that need immediate tending and seem to have been inflicted by a beast of immense size. Besides cuts and bruises the scouting party brings also brings back a large mural, a chandelier and of all things, quite an impressive bear skin.