The Dead's Lament Stratum
The Menagerie of Fools ask Boxxo to accompany them to Dead's Lament, a stratum of undead which scares Lammis. When the dead wander about overnight, the creepy guild secretary explains they envy the living and often peer in windows as though trying to enter, but are harmless as long as the living stay indoors at night. To get over her fear, Hulemy tells Lammis to go shopping alone but she clings to Boxxo terrified. Kerioyl plans to hunt the stratum lord, the King of Souls. As night arrives again, Boxxo encounters an undead child seemingly asking for a drink. Curious by the sign of potential intelligence, Boxxo dispenses a bottle and is amazed when the boy attempts to drink it, and the same thing happens several nights in a row. One night, the Menagerie of Fools camp outside the village and the same boy follows them to see Boxxo, who fails to save him. Boxxo realizes the boy had been carrying a copper coin in an attempt to buy something, and is deeply saddened. Kerioyl reveals the King of Souls is a magic user, so their plan to defeat it will rely heavily on Boxxo's impenetrable barrier.