The party settles down in the little hamlet. The cottages are small, and the room is nowhere near enough for labs, or even for a little privacy. Seeing it as a peasant, in contrast, you have plenty of living space for the small party. The grogs go hunting and forraging, and meals improve rapidly. In addition to the dried fish, you get venison and goats' milk. Given the time to rest and eat properly, you realise how fatigued you have been, and how strenuous the journey was. A new daily routine forms around the cottages, as you arrange all the daily chores: collecting water, fire wood, hunting, and latrine.
Abandoned for years, the woods have been intruding on what has once been grassland around the cottages, but the grogs have at least cleared the courtyard between the four building, giving room to work in daylight. The two cottages, the shed, and the ruins of the third cottage enclose the courtyard. Dawn is late in the day because of the hills to the East. To the Southwest you overlook the valley below, and the sunlight is good from noon to late in the evening.
Paths can be found through the woods, but it takes time effort since they are all overgrown, making the hamlet difficult to find if you do not know where to look.
The party, at this point, consists of Janus and Luciu as magi, Edwin the autocrat, two shield grogs, a glassblower, and a scribe. All the four last of the covenfolk have travelled with Luciu.
The three goats provide milk, and after a week fourth goat appears mysteriously in the shed one morning. It is not a kid. The shed looks remarkably tidy; they have not put that much effort in, remark the grogs. This is when Luciu notices the aura. The goat shed, and only the shed, has a faerie aura of 2.
You meet the villagers again once or twice. Shortly after your first visit, they went to the market at Wallsend, and with new supplies they look happier and less tense. They still do not have much surplus to sell, though, and they are remarkably disinterested in silver. You are able to get some oats and barley in exchange for venison though, and this helps to vary your diet.
Towards the end of the seasons, you have recovered your strengths, and it is time to decide what to do with the rest of your lives. A fifth goat has come wandering into the stables unsolicited, and now comes a young magus ...
That's your cue, @Bartomeus , but no rush, there are more characters in the making.