The parties relaxation was interrupted by a disturbance in the Villa’s courtyard. Flavia, clad in leather, had ridden in accompanied by a local German. Anyaka pushed the hapless Gardener into the roses before catching Flavia’s eye.
Flavia explained that Peada, a four-year old boy, had gone missing from the homestead just South of the German Graveyard. She had come to the Villa to ask for help, knowing Paulus’ had dogs and also it would be an opportunity to see Anyaka.
Anaxagoras elected to stay in the library, Tribune Nerva with the wine.
The rest of the group decided to head to the homestead, accompanied by Abraham and Horsa the Hound Master with his dogs.
They arrived at the homestead to see a group of Germans, including Theodric, the missing boy’s father had gathered in the increasing darkness. The dogs picked up Peada’s scent, heading North the the wooded graveyard of the Germans.
Following hot on the tales of the dogs our heroes dived into the dark woods, hung with talismans and bones. The German farmers were less willing to rush into the dark woods. The dogs broke free and ran into the deep woods.
Suddenly there was a yelping and sound of dogs in distress. Anyaka restrained Flavia as Ragnar, Lucius, and Quintus pushed ahead, to be met by the shaken Horsa, supporting the weeping, broken Theodric.
Ragnar, Lucius, and Quintus advanced into a clearing, which was a scene of carnage. The lifeless body of Peadalay in the centre of the clearing. Ragnar grew incensed as he took in the scattered, broken remains of the dogs.
Anyaka and Leandro joined them and between them bore back the body of the dead child. Ragnar picked up the trail of a man-sized creature moving North through the woods. Following Ragnar, Lucius, and Quintus headed after the beast that committed these crimes.
They had only travelled a short distance when Abraham emerged behind them. He had heard the hounds and had headed to join the pursuers. They all followed the trail until it emerged, still heading North towards the villa. Abraham elected to hasten North to the Villa to warn his Master, while Ragnar, Lucius, and Quintus continued to follow the trail.
The trail petered out and Ragnar, Lucius, and Quintus headed on to the Villa.