The session begins as the party spends the next few days acclimating to the Nomen tribe as well as dealing with the intricacies of politics – especially given the recent war between the Nomen and Varnhold. Aecora Silverfire and Walays have several exchanges where the grievances of the Nomen are outlaid and deftly countered. After many of these back and forths, it is agreed upon that a year will be given to the Shieldlands to investigate the fate of the Varnhold denizens. The town of Varnhold will be jointly held by the Nomen and the Shieldlands. If the Varnhold citizens are found alive, the Shieldlands will help broker a truce acceptable to all parties.
Elsewhere, Walker and Whisper hunt small game with Danide Thunderhoof while Tess spends time with the local shamans and observes their ways. Tess inquires if the Shaman have ever heard of a soul being stolen and while they cannot give her an answer immediately, they promise to look into it for her and let her know if they can.
After the political deals are sealed, Aercora informs the PCs that Danide will be sent with them as the Nomen’s representative in the cultural exchange. She also invites the party to take place as honored guests in their traditional mastodon hunt – the PC’s will distract the bull mastodon while the rest of the hunting party splits a mastodon from the herd and kills it.
The hunting group travels around half of a day until the reach the site of a ancient dead linnorn. The Nomen ceremonially present the site with a large selection of meat and wine in attempts to keep the linnorm’s spirit happy so that it does not return to wreck havoc. Near the evening they finally reach the mastodon herd.
Walays begins by fascinating the bull mastodon, though the threat from the approach by Walker and Whisper breaks the spell, allowing the mastodon to charge Walays. Andrei springs into action and grabs Walays while on horseback and drags him out of the way. The bull mastodon then charges Walker and Whisper to defend his harem. Babus sends Twig to deliver a spell, but the Mastodon sees through the mirror images and delivers a blow to Twig which sends him flying and nearly dead. Walays scrambles to revive Twig and also sets an illusory grass fire to split the bull from his harem. The bull then turns his attention to Whisper, and beats the wolf into unconsciousness. Tess blinds the beast as well as has it belted with stones while Babus confuses it, summons a dire ape on its back, traps his back legs into a pit, and blankets the area in a stinking cloud.
The session comes to a close as the Nomen sound the horn of a successful kill and the PCs remove themselves from the bull mastodon’s territory.