Prompt: Someone will accompany Axelle to search the swamps, even after the search party combed the area. Here, after a trail leads them to a pool of mud, they will think Itzal was swallowed by the earth. However, Axelle's companion will find another trail that leads away from the swamps, towards Yarmouth. The two follow it to Yarmouth, but turn up empty-handed as the scent trail ends there.
When asking for someone to come with her to search the swamps, she hadn’t been expecting Nyx to volunteer. However, right now, she couldn’t complain. Nyx was an able-bodied warrior with hunting and tracking skills. She was the best person to bring along on a search. She knew which clues to look for and which details to pay attention to. And despite not wanting to be seen at this weak point, Nyx had seen Axelle at some pretty weak points.
The women met at the castle, and with their noses on high alert, they ventured into the swamps together. Axelle was not comfortable with being anywhere near this place… but she needed closure. She needed to know that Itzal did not fall victim to one of the quicksand pools here. While Itzal was smart, she didn’t think he knew anything about escaping quicksand. They never needed to worry about that in the mountains.
Axelle’s nose pointed down, inhaling all of the scents of the swamps, following the faintest trail of Itzal through the variety of trees and brush around them. The scent she currently followed was old, by a couple weeks, but there was no way to tell whether it had been before or after he disappeared, so she followed it anyway.