The group comes across a village of Puddles, cephalopod-like gelatinous creatures that turn into puddles. They are constantly attacked by a pack of Taures Bullies, wild bovine beasts that constantly raid their village for food. The group manages to fight them off, but know they will return as they always have. Not wanting to turn a blind eye to turmoil, and needing food themselves, the group decide to help train the Puddles so they can be ready for the next raid. The Bullies attack again, but the group, along with the Puddles, quickly overpower them. However, the Bullies brought one of their leaders, their father, Mandhal the Mighty. He proves to be a tough foe, even having his own beam attack, but Yugo uses his portal to deflect Father's beam attack back at him. With Father defeated, and worried about Mother finding out, the Bullies flee, leaving the Puddles to live in peace.
When a large pandawa arrives at the door of Tristepin and Evangelyne in the middle of a snowstorm, the family's life is turned upside down. Yugo and Ruel continue to seek out Adamai who has been missing since the battle against Ogrest. In the Sadida kingdom, Amalia stands vigil at the side of her dying father when Yugo and Ruel arrive bearing bad news.
The group goes to Kelba's market in search of a map to begin their quest. When they arrive they find the marketplace under attack by the Black Crow. The groups learns about a shop run by Kabrok, a old adventurer who hung up his cape and became a stock boy, and Miranda, who is Kabrok's strict, but loving, wife. They have a map the group can buy, but are unable to sell thanks to the Black Crow. The heroes lay a trap for the Black Crow and are able to take him down. The Black Crow is revealed to be Kabrok, who was bored with his life, craved adventure again, and felt that attacking the local merchants was the way to get it. Kabrok and his wife sell the group a map.
The king Sadida is in the sanctum of the Tree of life, heart of the Kingdom Sadida which is mysteriously sick. Overstepping the ban of the prince Armand, Amalia and Evangelyne go to the King to tell it about the imminent attack of the Kingdom by Nox. But things do not turn out as they had envisaged it... During this time, Ruel searches a means to get away from the prison cell into which he was unfairly thrown...