Little cousin Ophelia has disappeared. She’s of the blood, and must be found! Her loss is not just a tragedy for the family, but the perceived insecurity is bad for morale and shows lack of control and power for the Von Eckhardts. She must be found!
Footprints are lost to snow, but hounds catch her scent and lead the search party to the grisly remains of a kill. A doe has been brought down, and eaten almost clean. The kill is a few days old at most. Ophelia’s knife is next to the dead animal, and her bloody clothes can be found, neatly wrapped, under a tree nearby. Bloody pawmarks are everywhere.
After a chance encounter with a Troll at night, and a few crazed bears during daytime, the party finds the Village of the inbred werewolves, the Children of Ulric. They are keeping Ophelia locked up in a cellar while they decide her fate.