The visitor was Afonso of House Mercere, and he brought with him a letter from Lapis Crudus requiring the aid of Monte Mercurius concerning some faerie issue – but they do not specify the issue. Stephanos, Jason and Noelle decide to go and both Stephanos and Noelle go to town to talk to the Mercenary Captain to get a few swords to join them. On the way they meet Benoit while he is performing on the street, and after recognizing him as a magus they take him to see Atticus – who immediately misinterprets the situation as if Benoit had come to seek membership alongside the others. Benoit goes with it and after glancing briefly at the charter, which made everyone else eye him weirdly, signs, becoming the newest member of Monte Mercurius.
A couple of days later the group leaves: Afonso, Stephanos, Noelle, Jason and Benoit, as well as 8 mercenaries and Guy, one of the grogs. Between them they take 24 pawns of Vis (5 Rego, 5 Corpus, 3 Creo, 1 Auram, 1 Ignem, 4 Mentem, 1 Auram, 1 Creo, 1 Intellego, 1 Rego, 1 Corpus), 5 per magus and an extra few that Nimrod handed them just in case.
They reach the forest of fontainebleau and eventually come upon the massif where the covenant should be, but can only see a few shacks down the rugged rocky valley. They decide to camp overlooking the shacks, just outside the tree range, and upon exploring the area find a charm hanging on a tree. Benoit gets excited with the prospect of a faerie living there, and he manages to talk to her – a green skinned fair maiden who introduced herself as Youngtree, but she gets angry and vanishes at the mention of Lapis Crudus.
Benoit leaves her a charmed flower bouquet and later sings her a very special song…