After a short scene, use the Waystone if you like, then make your way south. There’s a chest to the west at the fork, so be sure to open it for a [SANDWICH]. Follow the path east around the curve and keep heading east until you reach several mushrooms that serve as stepping stones. Drippy gives you the go ahead to just jump on them, so hop across them to the north to land at a fork. To the north and west is an accessory that boosts attack, so be sure to head over there and get the [BEAST FANGS] out of the chest. (Make note of the robot while you’re here.)
Head back to the fork and continue east, following the path as it turns south. The mushrooms to your east only lead to a dead end, so head past them and you’ll eventually come to a rather large four-way fork. First off, take the eastern path and follow it to a dead-end to get another [SANDWICH] against a tree, then return and take the southern path for an [ICED COFFEE] at the dead-end there.
Just to the west is another fork; north leads to a dead-end, so head west first, turning north at the clearing to find a blue chest. Use your ‘Spring Lock’ spell on it, and you’ll receive a [HOARFROST HARPOON] ! Don’t have any use for it yet, but it’ll be of use soon!
Continue further south and west to a dead-end… However, if you take a look at the tree here, you’ll find a familiar egg! After a bit of an explanation about the eggs and life force, open your Spell Menu and cast ‘Rejuvenate’ on the withered tree to restore it to its former glory. Watch the events unfold, then you’ll regain control.
Head back east and return to the last fork, where you’ll see your yellow star to the east; go check it out, and the little Seed Sprite from before will reappear, so follow him as he leads you back north to the mushrooms that we passed earlier. Talk to it again in this area to receive the [QUICKEN GROWTH] spell, and the little guy will finally join your party!
With the new Seed Sprite, you can now Evade attacks, and you’ll also be given a lesson on counterattacking. Make sure to equip the newly found Hoarfrost Harpoon on the Seed Sprite. That should be it here here in the forest for now, so go ahead and make your way back to the last fork and make your way south. You’ll come to some small mushrooms that you can’t climb, but with that new spell, you can make them big enough to climb! Open your Spell Menu and choose ‘Quicken Growth’ and you’ll be able to climb them.
Keep following along, and as the path turns east, you’ll come to another Waystone (as well as a purple chest that can’t be opened yet,) so be sure to recover and save! When you’re ready, proceed east to the open area, where you’ll find a fountain, but more importantly, a rather ticked off guardian!
Boss Fight: Gladiataur - Guardian of Golden Grove
After the battle, you’ll receive the [GLADIATAUR] page. Face the spring, then open your Spell Menu and cast ‘Rejuvenate’ to bring the spring back to life. In addition to it coming back, you’ll receive the [THE EIGHTH TALE] of Wonder for your Wizard’s Companion.
Once you have those, head south to be back out onto the World Map, but this time, in the Shimmering Sands!