After once again getting in trouble with Master Sarvis, the children head to the stables to be punished by Master Durns. Durns however has other plans, so instead he has them saddle up some mounts and join him on a trip out to the forest North of the school.
Along the way he attempts to show the children the basics of riding horses before arriving at a meadow with a two story cottage. There the students are introduced to Tabitha and they head further into the woods towards the mountains.
In the foot hills the group arrives at the base of a cliff where a cave is evident up the side. Durns reveals that the children are to climb the cliff in order to retrieve some mushrooms for Tabitha. Tsyra and Elias attempt the climb with some rope. Tsyra makes it but Elias gets unlucky in some loose scree and nearly falls to her death only to be saved by Tabitha who uses a levitate spell to stop his descent and allow him to float up to the entrance.
In the cave the kids find the mushrooms, but a giant centipede also finds them. Yelling down to Tabitha about the situation, Fyrne finds out that Tabitha would like the centipede alive. Tsyra steps up and wrestles the centipede to the floor and expertly renders it unconscious. It’s obvious she’s had some training and her cavalier attitude towards poisonous insects that are longer than she is tall is heartening. They tie the centipede up and lower it down to Tabitha who appears pleased.
Elias explores the rest of the cave and Norbert gathers up the flat capped bio-luminescent mushrooms and manages to come across some mineral components he can use to make a potion at some point.