Lakshmi, Skye and Mandara prepare a sign to leave for a whispa, in hopes of communicating with it. Skye finds the remains of a squee nest: pieces of broken eggshell, and squee bones that look to have been gnawed upon. Our heroes at first think that this is a nest of some creature that deliberately built a nest atop moldering bones, but figure out that a predator must have found a squee nest.
That evening, Lakshmi, Skye and Mandara are alerted as a lowdy comes crashing through their carefully prepared "presentation" left for a whispa. The lowdy is chasing a whispa, and gets trapped in the roots of a cageroot tree. Skye goes in after it, and gets his arm stuck in the tree, watching as a whispa calmly starts ripping chunks of meat out of the still-living lowdy, and is dangerously close to Skye's hand. At last, the whispa escapes. Lakshmi seems quite disappointed that the whispa fled, still assuming that it is sapient, and expecting it to respond favorably to the party's friendly overtures. She bemoans her situation at being asked to capture such a creature rather than convincing it to willingly come along. Skye reassures her, and suggests that they'll come up with a new plan for next time. Mandara draws pictures of whispas.