The moment J’Zhirr places the sword back on its stand, the Pale Lady disappears. This one decides to leave it there as it seems the best thing to do. The Pale Lady is obviously the sword’s guardian.
It’s a pity Ra’jirr isn’t quick enough. If he had been just a few steps quicker and placed the sword back on its stand, he would still be alive.
The figure in white must be the Pale Lady. Wouldn’t everyone be surprised to find that the Pale Lady from Ra’jirr’s nightmares is real after all?
Ra’jirr goes up to the monument with the sword, but the Pale Lady kills him almost immediately. J’Zhirr fires an arrow at her, luring her to his side of the forest. Then he quickly runs up to Ra’jirr, grabs the sword from his hands and places it on the monument.
J’Zhirr follows the ball of light to center of the forest where an ancient monument stands. This one sees two figures on the raised platform. This one can just make out a pair of pointed ears on the dark figure so that must be Ra’jirr.
J’Zhirr enters the underground forest and finds Kyr lying injured on the ground a few steps from the entrance. With his dying breath, Kyr says that Ra’jirr ambushed him.
After Kyr passed on, J’Zhirr sees a ball of white light appearing near the body. It then quickly flies off deeper into the forest.
In the mining area, a bandit comments, “Something’s wrong… Boss’ been down there too long.” The others agreed to wait a little longer.
J’Zhirr passes by a bandit mining. He is so focused on his work that he did not notice J’Zhirr sneaking past. Perhaps Eisa Blackthorn’s plan to create more incentive among the bandits by giving the best diggers double rations is working.
J’Zhirr finds a bedroom shared between Eisa Blackthorn and Ra’jirr. Eisa left in such a hurry that she left her journal on the table. In it, she wrote about leaving Hajvarr’s White River gang and joining Kyr’s band.
She also wrote about finding the underground forest with an old monument at the center. Kyr took the sword from it as a trophy, proof his whole plan was finally paying off. After Kyr took the sword, nightmares began to plague Ra’jirr. As the nightmares get worse, Ra’jirr is barely able to sleep and often wakes up screaming. Ra’jirr says that a Pale Lady will kill them unless they return the sword. Eisa tells everyone that Ra’jirr has a fever and she is quietly making her plans to leave.
There is also a note on the table from Ra’jirr:
I see her in every shadow. Hear her voice on every breath of wind. In my dreams, in my ears, in my mind. The Pale Lady- we have to stop her. Just return the sword, and we can shut her away forever. I can’t take this any more.
I have to do it.