After leaving the temple and defeating the waiting mercenaries the group split up. The elf and knight went to forage in the forest for food as rations were getting depleted.
The two foragers failed to return that night and the next morning the wizard, sorceror and cleric left a message on and near the temple that they were heading toward Shadowdale.
Following a brief scirmish with a small group of goblins who were carrying quite a bit of treasure they found an abandoned house in a forest clearing. The glade had a sense of sadness about it and in searching the small house they found diary. A former militiaman from Mistledale had retired here then fell in love with a fey woman. The diary ended shortly after that. Whatever had happened to the man did not seem good though as signs of a struggle and long dried blood stains were found on the floor.
Searching the glade the trio found that the man's vegetable garden had gone wild, and some food could be gathered from it.