You try to gain your bearings as you wake up from your little trip, to find yourself in some forest. Maribel goes off to go home, while you and Kiefer stick together for now. Move north and you’ll hear Maribel scream, who is being attacked by some monsters. It’s only three Slimes, which are the weakest enemies in the game. Just continually attack them normally until they are defeated. After the battle is over, make sure you equip a weapon to Maribel (she should have the Hairband on her already, but do that too if not).
Exit to the north and you’ll eventually come across a woman standing by some gravestones, who introduces herself as Maeve. She mentions there’s a village nearby and joins your party. When you go to the overworld, you will find monsters roaming about and coming into contact with them will trigger a battle. Note that Maeve is only in your party until you get to the village and she is quite strong, so if you want to grind a little bit, now’s the time. Actually, getting to level 3 would be a great thing, as the Hero learns Heal and Maribel learns Frizz.
Once you’ve had your fun, go to the village and head inside, where you find out that Maeve is no longer with you. The village is a little barebones, so you’re not going to find much here. However, you should check out the shop in the central area, as well as stay at the inn to heal up from your battles outside. Although you don’t have much in the way of money at the moment, you might be able to afford an upgrade of some kind.
If you happen to go through the back door of the inn, you will be able to find some Plain Clothes in one of the cupboards there. To continue with the story, go to the far north house to find a boy who talks about his dad and needing a green gem is heal him up. Being the good party of adventurers you lot are, you decide to help him acquire this green gem in the mines, which is located to the southeast of the village.