Following the vision provided from the shards of the Dream Crystal, the party soon learns of a village to the south whose inhabitants have suddenly vanished, leaving all of their possessions behind. This village located in the stony barrens north of Nibenay is known as Deneba, and was last seen by the merchants some 3 weeks ago devoid of life.
The traders they spoke to, while addressing their sense of concern for what might have befallen the village, were pleased with the windfall the village had given them in loot.
In speaking with the Templar Lord Jangjit, Perditus also learns that a colleague has gone missing, and seemed to have been behaving in a similar manner as those controlled by the puppeteer parasite, whom as also fled southward. Jangjit requests that Perditus inform him of any information he can gather about this lost Templar named Tenavir, and gives Perditus a blue crystal enchanted to permit communication between them.
As they continued on the road towards Deneba, they came upon a beautiful oasis, which turned out to be an immense carnivorous entity intent upon shoving them all down its watery gullet. While plentiful and edible, they find that its meat is difficult to digest, causing stomach pains & distress.