Lord Voll explains that his parents were the landed High Ones and he was the first-born of their breed on this hostile new world after the crash.
The WolfRiders thank the ancient elf for releasing Strongbow and that they will soon be on their way and they prefer forests, but Lord Voll asks that they stay for a time since he years so for the presence of the cubs.
The WolfRiders are led to a stone grotto to confer-- will they stay as Lord Voll's guests or return to the nearby forest as is their wont. Dewshine joins the rest of her tribe and it is disclosed that she has Recognized the strange shape-formed Tyldak but that they both are fighting it with less success than Leetah had when fighting her draw to Cutter seven years previous.
It is decided: the WolfRiders will stay--Strongbow and Moonshade refuse and leave the mountain, taking most of the wolves with them.
We learn that Winnowill has been eavesdropping and Lord Voll chastises her, a humiliation which enrages the "Black Snake".