You run back into the village and are immediately greeted by Ronan.
RONAN: [WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU DO?!]
XOKNATH: [I FUCKED UP.]
Ronan points to the smoke rising up behind you.
RONAN: [Yeah, I can see that! How did–]
XOKNATH: [I FOUGHT AN ANIMAL, BUT IT WAS TOO POWERFUL, SO I USED THE ENVIRONMENT AROUND ME.]
RONAN: [You… You “used the environment?”]
XOKNATH: [YES. I CUT A TREE TO PIN IT DOWN.]
RONAN: [You… chopped down a *tree*, with an axe that’s known to burn things.]
XOKNATH: [YES. I’M SORRY. I REALIZE NOW IT WAS A DUMB IDEA.]
RONAN: [Yeah, no shit! Just… I’m going to alert the flyers. Maybe they can drop water from above.]
XOKNATH: [OKAY. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?]
RONAN: [I think the best thing for now is that you sit this one out. Wait for us to take care of this and try not to burn down anything else.]
XOKNATH: […FAIR ENOUGH.]
RONAN: [Honestly, just wait for Alexis, man. Clearly, you need to pitch these things to *someone*!]
He walks off.
That… was oddly collected of him, given how bad this could get. You will need to explain this to the queen, though, and you doubt she’s going to be as forgiving as him. You take a deep breath, brace yourself, and make your way towards the court.
You walk into her circle.
YITRIE: [Ah, Xoknath! What brings you here?]
XOKNATH: [GREETINGS, YOUR WISDOM.]
YITRIE: [Greetings. So, out with it.]
XOKNATH: [RIGHT. SO, YOU MAY HAVE BEEN SMELLING A BIT OF SMOKE.]
YITRIE: [Yes. I have. Did you have something to do with it?]
XOKNATH: I’M SORRY, BUT YES. I WAS FIGHTING A BEAST THAT WAS TOO POWERFUL FOR ME, SO I FELLED A TREE–]
YITRIE: [You did WHAT?!]
XOKNATH: [I FELLED A TREE, USING–]
YITRIE: [No, I heard you! I just can’t believe—Give me your axes!
XOKNATH: [YOUR WISDOM, I–]
YITRIE: [NO! Give me your weapons, right now! It’s clear to me that you are not of sound enough mind to handle these things!]
You give up the two Spirit Crystal Axes.
YITRIE: [Now, I can’t afford to dismiss you, but you are not to leave town for the rest of the day. You will get your replacement weapons when Alexis wakes up. Until then, you are out of commission. Understand?]
XOKNATH: […YES, YOUR WISDOM.]
YITRIE: [Good. Now, go home.]
XOKNATH: [WAIT, THERE’S ONE MORE THING, YOUR WISDOM.]
XOKNATH: [THERE’S A WOUNDED DRYAD ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FLAMES. WE NEED TO GET HER MEDICAL ATTENTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. NESRINN LENT ME THIS:]
You give up the Creation Rod.
YITRIE: [Okay. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’ll send someone. Off you go.]
You leave the area.
You briefly stop by the fire pit to leave your food for a communal meal. You also partake in one.
You and your pets’ HP were restored to full!
Afterwards, with nothing else to do, you head home to rest. When you get there, you find that your wife and son are both absent. No doubt they’re with the other harpies.
Boy, they are not going to be happy with you when they come back.
Nonetheless, you get into bed, and quickly fall asleep.