"Emily, there is a large task I need you to complete. As you know, we are heading to Nautilus to find a captain, but we can't do that if it's impossible to reach the city. Unfortunately, we are only half-way through the Black Forest, and a vital part of the house was lost during our battle with Luger. We can't rebuild it unless we have a specific peice of machinery. Luckily, I know someone in these woods that will help. I want you to go find that person. Tell them I sent you and give them this note," Leon instructed the young stonekeeper, handing her a small slip of paper. "This will be sort of like a pre-quest, and I have no doubt that you'll learn a few important things while you're searching. Hopefully you can start tomorrow."

Emily listened carefully and took it all in. She wasn't sure about this idea, but decided to go because if she didn't, they wouldn't be able to advance. So all she asked was, "What should I take with me?"

Leon replied, "You shouldn't need much. I'll put some food into a pack and you can take that. It would be good if you could find another walking stick and not lose it." He smiled and she smiled back.

Then Miskit burst through the door after overhearing everything. "YOU'RE SENDING HER ON A PRE-QUEST?! DO YOU KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THAT IS?!"

"She'll be fine," Leon assured.

"ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! SHE COULD GET SERIOUSLY HURT OR KILLED! THIS WHOLE TRIP WILL BE FOR NOTHING! AT LEAST LET ME GO WITH HER!"

"She has to do this on her own."

"WHY?!"

"She has to move fast, and we can't have anyone slowing her down or putting more pressure on her. She needs to be alone with her thoughts for once."

Miskit growled at the fox man and looked sternly at Emily. "Are you sure you want to do this?" he asked.

She nodded in reply and added, "If I don't, we won't get anywhere. I can get this done."

He sighed and walked away.

Leon told her, "He's overprotective."

"You get used to it."

"I sure hope so. Well, you should get some rest before you head out. The trip is long. I'll show you which direction you have to go later."

"Okay." Then she walked through the Charnon House until she found her room and settled for the night.