The team awakes in the village of Cornwell, where the people still avoid them and there is clearly something very wrong. During breakfast Erynn, a 7-year-old Dunsaro girl runs into the pub crying, “It happened! The curse happened!” She found Bowen, a local day laborer, dead in a field, clawed to death with his hair turned white.
The bartender and locals ask the party to watch Erynn while they run off to get the constable. Erynn has none of that and takes the party to view Bowen’s body. She explains that yesterday the villagers burned her friend Summer at the stake. As Summer burned she called on Kruss to curse the village.
After some investigation it seems Summer was the only Yan in the village. Moreover she had no family here after her husband died years ago, and her neighbor Tolin had been after her land for some time. Accusations of witchcraft led to Summer’s grisly end.
Ander and Otter wanted to leave the village to it’s fate, but Dorn and Anselmo prevail. They make a show of leaving the village to satisfy the constable (who thinks this is none of their business and having strangers around just now makes things worse) but circle back and hide in Summer’s house until nightfall.
As the moon rises Otter sees a human shape moving toward Tolin’s house. He rouses his companions and they confront Summer’s scarecrow, animated by the curse. In the ensuing battle Tolin proves a coward and flees out his window, but the blacksmith helps them fight. It ends with Anders and Dorn hurling the scarecrow into Tolin’s hearth where it is destroyed in fire.
Thanks to Anselmo, the blacksmith takes to worshiping Caetar. They leave with fresh rations and the thanks of the village.
Two days later the team scouts a ruined tower and defeats a harpy. Ander is charmed into jumping out of the tower window and falls about 20 feet but is not too badly hurt. In the harpy’s nest they find a bejeweled gold cup.