Quintus was the first to wake and left the hut to fetch water to bath his master. Whilst emerging from the hut he was halted by Marcus Didus, who demanded to know more about the murderous beast that headed towards the camp. Quintus explained that it was not so much a bear, wolf or boar as a gardener. Marcus was annoyed that he had been mislead by Lucius and demanded that Quintus let his master know that he wished to speak with him.
Quintus fetched a barrel of water, and planning to dowse his sleeping master, staggered into the hut. All but the hung-over Tribune Nerva awoke to see Quintus enter the hut with his barrel of water. Lucius leapt to his feet and congratulated Quintus, allowing his robe to fall to the ground. Anyaka, averting her eyes, decided it was best to leave the hut. Leandro turned his back on the scene and the Tribune slept on.
Quintus chucked the chilled water over the naked form of his master who then demanded to be rubbed down with his favourite towel. Quintus had neglected to bring said towel on the impromptu jaunt into the woods, snatched up the Tribune’s cloak and roughly rubbed his master down before chucking the damp cloak back over the sleeping form of the Tribune.
Anyaka wandered around the settlement, looking for clues as to whether Felix had been seen. She spoke briefly with Titus Didus, Marcus Didus’ brother, who suggested she help the women prepare breakfast, as her slight frame wasn’t up to hauling timber. She took his advice and went to the hut where the settlements women and children were busy preparing a hearty gruel. Rumours of Lucius’ savage beast had reached them and they were relieved that the heroic young nobleman was there to protect them. Anyaka did nothing to dispel the perception of the hopeless noble. No one had heard anything about Felix or any other stranger arriving in the camp.
Lucius, clean and dressed, emerged from the hut accompanied by Quintus. To be met by a scowling Marcus Didus demanding to now the truth of the matter. Lucius, assisted by Quintus, managed to explain that in fact the beast was a slight German slave employed by Paulus as a gardener.
Various conversations revealed stories that the strange wailing came from the North where legend said there was a Black Hill, related to local German myths and legends.