Gaius Marcius Regillus, Centurio Servius Magius Druses, and the five cavalrymen had departed long before Lucius Julius Regillus and Tribune Gaius Cassus Nerva awoke.
By mid-morning the various members of the party gathered in the courtyard of Appius Fabius Flaccus’ town house. Waiting with the wagons was a tall blonde man dressed in provincial Roman attire; he introduced himself as the guide for the journey to Magnus Minor – Herman the German. Tribune Gaius Cassus Nerva was suspicious of this unknown foreigner, but Appius Fabius Flaccus vouched for Herman the German, who was a well known pro-Roman German and can be trusted.
Friction between Anaxagoras the Greek and Tribune Gaius Cassus Nerva grew worse. The tribune accused the Greek of sexual depravity and the Greek, in a fit of anger sneaked to the wagons to empty the Roman’s wine skins, before filling one with his own special herbal brew.
As the party head East the skies clouded over and rain began to fall. The path East headed into dark woodland. As the hours passed the evening drew in and the darkness began to gather as the rain grew heavier. The party asked Herman the German if there was a suitable place to camp. Herman the German said there was a clearing near a minor river a short way ahead.
As the party reached the clearing, the was an unnatural wail from the East. Ragnar said it was like no beast he had ever heard. Then there was a chorus of wolves. Ragnar advised the party to build a large fire. Anaxagoras the Greek stated this was incorrect as fire would attract the wolves, and clambered up a nearby tree. Tribune Gaius Cassus Nerva thought it would be good sport to dress the tree with raw meat. The Tribune also set Quintus the Slave to putting sharpened stakes around the clearing while he and Ragnar went to collect wood for the fire.
They wandered a short way along the path to the West to be met with the glowing eyes of a wolf. Ragnar throw a stone and hit the wolf, which scowled away.
The fire built, Lucius Julius Regillus and the exhausted Quintus the Slave retired to his carriage while the others, apart for Anaxagoras the Greek remained in his tree, bedded down. It was at this point Tribune Gaius Cassus Nerva discovered his wine skins empty and shook his fist and the Greek in his tree.
In the early morning Anaxagoras the Greek, Tribune Gaius Cassus Nerva and Lucius Julius Regillus awoke to find themselves standing naked in the clearing surrounded by a massive pack of wolves. Lucius Julius Regillus kicked the sleeping Tribune Gaius Cassus Nerva who would not wake.
A giant wolf approached through the pack and halted before the three heroes. The wolf pounced towards Ragnar who sidestepped and avoided the beast. Ragnar and Lucius Julius Regillus leapt on the back of the wolf, which easily shook them off. Anaxagoras the Greek watched events with a philosophical look on his face. The wolf turned and prepared to pounce, when a large black cat intercepted his leap. The two beasts rolled until the cat finally tore out the wolf’s throat.
At which point Lucius Julius Regillus woke up in his carriage, Anaxagoras the Greek clinging to his tree, and Ragnar by the fire. Tribune Gaius Cassus Nerva still lay there snoring. Of Herman the German there was no sign.