The funeral was attended by many at Stalwart Fortress and gifts were left with the casket.
Gunther Wolfsblood did not leave a gift, but made a vow to protect Stalwart Fortress as Rita had been the one orchestrating its defense after The Liberation of Stalwart Fortress. Two others, Pilosus Telum and Defensor Scientiae join him in this pledge.
On the journey to The Church of Her there is a growing awareness of the multiple opportunities The Lost Pilgrim had to return, and a rising sentiment that perhaps another visit to their adventure's origin had been long overdue. From first outset the church had called back to the travelers, shining a beacon of light that diminished when ignored. Then again, seeing its deterioration upon passing while returning from The Swamps of Detriti. Despite all of these calls for followers of Mother Agora to rally and return to their place of worship, it had been ignored time and again as they sought excitement, opportunity, and distraction.
They are stopped by the caravan's driver, Mozre Dee of the Tinker's Consortia, who reveals that he is a travelling merchant and beast-master. He is not prepared to deal with The Lost Pilgrim yet, but does reveal he will be open for business after a resupply at a place called The Welcome Stranger.
He converses with various travelers for a while and reveals that in addition to items, he sells the beasts he captures.
Anxieties felt over leaving the church for so long were immediately justified.
Those devout to Mother Agora could do nothing but watch in horror.