Baron: Oh, child! Have you seen my diamond ring? I swear this kingdom is less safe every year...
Ruler: I'm sure you just misplaced it, Baron... Where did you last see it? We can start there.
Baron: It was purloined near the forest's edge! I think some of those strange woods folk may have taken it.
Ruler: Woods folk? I've never heard of any sort, but I'm sure they aren't stealing your stuff...
Ivy: Hey Ruler! Have you seen my copper cauldron? I was making some soup but it's gone missing.
Ruler: Strange, Baron's missing something too. Where did you lose it?
Ivy: Down by the forest's edge. I heard some rustling but as soon as I looked it was gone!
Baron: It was those pesky forest folk! They're stealing our valuables!
Ruler: Let's not jump to conclusions here. I've never even heard of these forest folk until today.
Old Thomas: They are actually the Woodsfolk, Young Ruler. While I have not seen them myself, they are real.
Ruler: Let me guess, you came here to report a missing object and jumped into the conversation?
Old Thomas: Was it that obvious? Yes, I have misplaced a mithril latched tome near the forest.
Ruler: With everyone losing their valuables, I imagine we'll hear from...
Thurston: My Liege! Urgent news from the front! Sabina has lost a tiara... and she's making me look for it.
Thurston: Would you have any leads for me and my knights?
Ruler: Yep! I figured the gang would all come to me at the first sign of trouble.
Ruler: Looks like we'll have to investigate our missing goods, starting with these Woodsfolk.
Ivy: It seems like we've all lost something shiny. Are you sure it's not just a bird?
Ivy: We shouldn't accuse people of things if we've never met them.
Ruler: We'll have to start looking somewhere and the forest is our only real clue!
Ruler: We won't make any accusations until we have proof...
Ruler: Did anybody hear that?
Baron: It may have been the thief!
Thurston: I think it's a child in distress! We must do something!
Ruler: I see something! Is that a bird?
Harpy: Give me your valuables, stupid child! That shiny doll will do nicely!
Anya: No! You stay away from me and Rongo! Actually, you should tell me where you took my brother!
Ruler: Ugh, that thing is ugly! Let's go save that kid before it steals her toy, or worse!
Thurston: Understood, my liege! We'll drive that vile harpy away!
Ruler: Hey kid! You're safe now, but are you alright?
Girl: I... uh. I think I'm ok. I don't think she hurt me too badly.
Old Thomas: Tell us, young one. What is your name? And why are you along in the woods like this?
Anya: My name is Anya and I'm looking for my brother, Katya. And why wouldn't I be in the woods? We're Woodsfolk, after all. This is our home, even if it's full of harpies now...
Ruler: Harpies? What do they want with you?
Ivy: Harpies are voraciously greedy creatures. They're probably picking at this area for loot.
Anya: The harpies are taking everything! I think they took my brother too! Last I saw him he went off on his Trial of Virtues before the harpies came. That was a week ago!
Ruler: Don't worry, Anya! We'll help you find your brother and drive these harpies from your home!
Old Thomas: Perhaps we should return to my house. I may have some harpy lore that could help.
Ruler: You said something about your brother going on some trial. Can you tell us about it? Following his trail might give us some clues to his fate.
Anya: My brother is the bravest person I know! He went out to take his Trial of Virtues! Every Woodsfolk member takes their trial when they grow up! Each one is a different virtue.
Old Thomas: Pray, tell us what are the virtues. We should know if we are to follow his trail for clues.
Anya: Umm, I know the first one was to prove how strong you are.
Ruler: And what about the rest of the virtues?
Anya: I dunno! I'm not old enough to take my trials and Katya always bored me when he talked about them...
Thurston: If it's strength that's being tested then I have full confidence that we can overcome this trial!
Ruler: I didn't plan on taking their coming of age ritual, Thurston!
Baron: But perhaps if you follow in the Katya's footsteps you might find our lost belongings!
Harpy: *Screech* Get out of these woods. This forest belongs to the Harpy Queen now!
Ruler: I think you mean they belong to the Woodsfolk! Now get out of here you flying rat!
Anya: Wow! You're really good at scaring those harpies away!
Ivy: But we're less good at searching through this dense forest. Aren't we?
Ruler: It's like we're walking blind through all of this brush. Are you sure you don't know the way, Anya?
Anya: I don't normally go so far from our village. I'm just as turned around as you are!
Ruler: We'll just have press on regardless. The ground is getting steeper here so we must be getting loser to that mountain.
Anya: Maybe we'll run into the Strong Elder! He may have seen Katya before he went missing!
Ruler: What is this Strong Elder like? Do you think he will help us?
Anya: He's as strong as a horse! And I know he'll help us! He's super duper nice!
Strong Elder: Hello there, strangers. you seem to be lost in these woods. And I am afraid they are not quite as safe as they used to be...
Ruler: Oh hi! And who might you be?
Anya: It's the Strong Elder! Have you seen Katya? Why are there harpies everywhere?
Strong Elder: Oh ho ho, one question at a time Anya. I am glad to see that you're safe. But nobody who goes by the name of Katya has been this way recently.
Ruler: Do you have any idea where may have gone? We thought he may completed the Strength Trial.
Anya: yeah! How do you not know anything, Elder? And why are you down here anyway?
Strong Elder: Oh little Anya, things have become quite complicated as of late. I'll tell you what... Harpies have infested by shrine atop High Climb Mountain. Please travel there, kind stranger. Clear the Vile Harpy from our shrine of strength and I'll answer your questions.
Harpy: *Screech* What are you doing near my lair? Begone you beasts! This land belongs to the Harpy Queen!
Ruler: Get out of here you birdbrain! This shrine clearly belongs to Woodsfolk and their elders!
Harpy: If you want me gone then you'll have fight me on this mountain! I'll drop rocks on your head!
Thurston: Get out of here you beast! But Elder, why have you not expelled the harpy yourself?
Ruler: I was wondering that too. You are their *Strong* Elder, are you not?
Strong Elder: Alas, I still have my strength at my age. But unfortunately, the climb up this mountain is steep. My centaur body does not help much when climbing up a few hundred feet of ladders. All of my upper body strength is useless when the harpy drops rocks and claws at me when I climb.
Anya: Oh no! Those feathered freaks fight so dirty! But our new friends can help us! Right?
Ruler: Ha! Don't you worry about us, Anya! Thurston and I will deep fry that harpy when we're done with her!
Thurston: Hear hear! I will race you to the top, my liege!
Vile Harpy: you pesky terrestrials! You're taking my home from me!
Anya: This mountain belongs to the Woodsfolk! You get out of here!
Ruler: yeah, scram you featherbrained jerk! Ugh, it got away. But I think I found something up there. It looks like Sabina's crown!
Thurston: It is! Oh, she is going to be so happy that we found it! I'll have to return it right away!
Anya: And any signs of my brother?
Ruler: No, I don't think so at least. But the Elder said he'd help us out now!
Strong Elder: Please, I beg of you for one last task. Defeat this Vile Harpy once and for all! I will help you once I know it will no longer plague my people...
Anya: But you said you would help us! They did what you asked!
Ruler: It's fine, Anya. We'll finish the job and set things right for your people.
Baron: Will the weathered centaur tell us where the boy is or not?
Ruler: I'm sure hell tell us. But I could use a breather after all that fighting and climbing.
Anya: Could yo please help us find Katya, mister Elder?
Strong Elder: As promised, I will help you on your journey. Though I fear I do not have what you seek, Anya. But first I must congratulate you, Outsider. For you have completed your first Trial of Virtue.
Ruler: Oh I'm not doing this for your coming of age ceremony, I just want to help find her brother!
Strong Elder: Like it or not, you have proven your strength to me, and this must be honored. You too, Anya.
Anya: What? But I'm too young to start my trials!
Strong Elder: Yet started them, you have. I fear my advice will not be as concrete as you may have hoped... Continue on towards the Mind Roar Falls. You will find what you seek if you continue your Trials...
Ruler: I'm note quire sure what's happening but at least it's our next clue! What awaits at the falls?