Along the way in the woods, Derek warned the party to be quiet. When later asked why, he said an old, crazy hermit lived in the woods. The party decided to visit the old hermit. He lived in a ramshackle cottage, with his weasel Whiskers. The hermit apparently likes gnomes (when he remembers what they are), speaks Elvish (as well as Thyatian and Gnomish) and doesn’t like visitors. The weasel was a little more forthcoming, speaking to Thalaric via speak with animals. Whiskers likes to spy on the village, though he seemed more interested in what the party was doing rather than explaining himself.