Arawn prepared for an exploratory expedition in the Ashen Plains, collecting his gear and arranging for Twiggy to be exhibited by the owner of the General Store. He also arranged for the remaining intact books and scrolls to be recovered from the Sunless Citadel and stored at the Hucrele Merchant Family’s warehouse in Oakhurst, in hopes of building a library. The works included a few minor works of dragon lore, and about 12 years worth of detailed local weather records, as well as the other collected notes of the Evil Druid Belak.
Arawn then spent the next couple of weeks exploring a section of the Ashen Plains, making a general map and avoiding damage from a couple of venomous snakes, defeating a gnoll, discovering (and looting) a couple of long-dead corpses, and eventually getting into a tiff with a wight in a burial mound he discovered on the edge of the scrublands. This cost him a level, but he managed to secure a bit of loot for his trouble, and he beat-feat into Reeton in time (arriving on 02AUG00 (?) to have a cleric restore his lost level.