The party, having secured the aid of the Woodsinger elf tribe, descended into the Harkenwold. In the small town of Dardun, they encountered a band of Iron Circle mercenaries lecturing the townsfolk on the dangers of rebellion, citing the example of a captured rebel cleric at hand. the party rescued the cleric (Thale Leafcrest), who told them that he had been trying to kindle the fires of revolution in the Harkenwold.
The party then began arrangements to draw out Nazir Redthorn, leader of the Iron Circle, and their plans largely succeeded. Dardun became the site of the first rousting of the Circle, culminating in the arrival of Redthorn, who called out the party by name.