We left the forest and came upon a hut. Katara rang a bell at the gate. A white haired woman answered. Though she seemed hesitant and hard of hearing, Katara’s honeyed words persuaded her that we were neither bandits nor monsters. She invited us in.
After tending to the horses I entered the hut and Katara introduced the woman as her dear friend Elga Verniex and informed me that she was coming with us to Dhunmoor. I was leery, but I trust Katara’s judgment.