(If you’re reading the original edition, this is Chapter 9.)
Back at Ravenswood, Emily finally recaps her misadventures with Lorelei and the mysterious ghoulish face for Kara and Adriane. They’re a little miffed that Emily didn’t tell them about the ghoul thing, but they decide to hold a meeting with the refugees to figure out what’s up. After much discussion, the party learns a few rather disconcerting things:
a) the ghoulish creature is a harpy, a birdlike humanoid that charms its victims with music. (This explains why Emily’s been feeling off when she hears that weird melody.)
b) harpies can create visions with their music, effectively hiding themselves. (Which is probably why nobody else has noticed it.)
c) particularly powerful harpies can shapeshift.
Then all the refugees panic, because they think that Lorelei is a harpy in disguise. Emily doesn’t believe so; the rest of the party decide to stand by her and wait for Lorelei’s next move.
Meanwhile, Ozzie thinks there’s something suspicious about Ghyll. His suspicions are apparently confirmed when Ghyll mentions seeing a certain painting in an elven settlement.
God, I hate these chapters where nothing really happens.
EDIT: Changes in the e-book edition
- Kara calls for a meeting of the Ravenswood Wildlife Preservation Society.
Next time: Emily finally discovers what’s up with Lorelei and the harpy.