The four shield grogs have been trapping for furs in the surrounding forest to earn some additional coin and they return one evening with an exceptional pelt of pitch black fur. Aleesia's senses that it contains magic and Sophia confirms this fact, although the grogs are unable to elaborate beyond finding it still alive in the spiked pit they'd dug, and dying as the light struck it.
On that same evening a massive wolf, seemingly made of shadow attacks the covenenant. The grogs manage to hold it at bay even as it splits into multiple copies of itself and attacking as an entire pack of wolves. Tomas, along with Aleesia's dragon, manage to drive it off but not before it inflicts a grievous injury on Brother Kel. Sophia's keen medical skills are put to use but Brother Kell will see no further action for sometime.
The next day they set off to find the wolf with the help of the grogs and Sophia's mastery of herbam allows the group to find its lair. Just before the wolf attacks, Sophia finds two pups in the lair, hungry and not yet weened. The grogs had unfortunately slain the mother, and the father was unabvle to feed them. While the massive shadow wolf looked on warily— Sophia and Tomas used a combination of creo, animal, and vim to create milk the pups could drink. The shadow wolf begrudgingly gave over the pups to the magi's care and the they returned to the ruined monastery with two new pets.
The shadow wolf still visits some nights and the magi bring the pups out to visit with their father…