The party decided to follow Lavinia‘s map to the Lakeside Villa. On the way, they encountered Urquant, the wandering monk. He asked the party to accompany him to the Hermit’s cave to rid it of the horrible frog-creatures that had killed the hermit and taken over his cave. They agreed.
At the hermit’s cave there was a ferocious fight against the bullywugs and their pet hydra. In the end, the party prevailed and entered the hermit’s cave. After solving the riddle of how to pass by the hermit’s murderous plants, they found the hermit’s library. Urquant requested all the hermit’s books on herbology, but gave the party another book called The Rise and Fall of the Van Arthog Lineage. This book mentioned the Lakeside Villa, a place called the Keep of Adlerweg, and a magic item called the “Sentinel.”
The party then journeyed to the Villa. Entering, they fought vampire bats and their spawn and some shadows on the main floor.