The companions, having rested for the night, get an early start. Their next stop is south in search of a secret entrance into the dwarven kingdom, Thorbardin. Gilthanas, Laurana, and Blaize volunteer to watch over the human refugees as they begin to break their encampment in the Hopeful Vale. The human refugees should begin heading south in a few days. The group decides to ride out ahead of the large throng to locate the entrance to the dwarven kingdom and seek permission from the dwarven thanes to shelter the refugees. Fizban the Fabulous, Elistan, Sestun, and Eben Shatterstone volunteer to join the companions.
The group is wary of allowing Eben Shatterstone to join, but between him and Elistan they control the majority of leadership authority over the human refugees. The group decides that leaving Eben Shatterstone with the refugees would be more of a problem as he could sway even more followers to his banner.
The group sets out and travels south between the river and western foothills. That evening, the party awakes to the strangled cries of Elistan.