Author's notes: Thanks to lady_rilwen and lycaenion as ever, for their encouragement and help.
The previous chapters may be found here: Prologue
( When ranger Tarl Felfaer's wife is killed by gnolls, he takes their infant son Rydel to be fostered in safety in Everlund. Sixteen years later, Rydel begins to feel drawn to the forests in which he was born. What adventures lie ahead for this eager young man? )