It seemed impossible that the guide could lead them on with any certainty with this terrain.
Shortly after the party parted ways with Yerwick and crew, the tight quarters became even more so. Gideon was forced to use his great blade to carve foliage to allow him to pass. The plants grew as thick as a rain forest, with creeping vines and thick underbrush brushing against everyone.
The unsubtle travel kept the trip mostly uneventful, apart from the occasional small fowl bursting from the underbrush, startling, but not dangerous.
Then came the clearing.
Suddenly, the heavy forest gave way to a large clearing. A few stumps and heaps of discarded branches showed signs of recent woodcutting, and across the clearing could be seen a huge tree, unlike anything any of the party had seen before. At first glance, nothing could be seen of the missing woodcutters.
Then Balin noticed something odd about one of the stumps...