The Foulk brothers, Ifen, Notch, Scowler have investigated a bit of town and found it deserted. Entering other homes, they discover signs where recently burned out fireplaces, food on tables, unmade beds, unlocked doors are indicators that the town was recently occupied. Curios, they make there way cross town, finding similar signs of abrupt town evacuation.
In the fields past the blacksmith shop, the three brothers hear a wild dog baying. Travelling into the field, they are confronted with a wild mastiff. This animal is thin but muscular and stands 4 1/2 feet high at shoulder.
It is a mastiff, but is run off by something near the forest breakline; something only it seems to see.