Fall has come with a vengeance. It's cold, it's rainy, and the wind blows fierce down the length of the loch.
A couple of days after All Saints', one of the shepherds makes a gruesome discovery. A body in the woods, about half way between the covenant and Cuill Chuimein, just off one of the paths running from the covenant to the pastorage. Well, most of a body, anyway.
The covenfolk are, understandably, a little freaked out about it. Some of the covenant feels they should go tell Lord Nevin what has happened. Others feel that he already knows about it, since he obviously is the one behind it.
In lieu of a consensus among the muggles, a couple of them take it upon themselves to go to Nevin's manor house to tell him of the dire news.