| Masanoki |
|Hair color||Dark Brown|
Under the command of Bayonca, Masanoki serves as part of an elite scouting unit for Lady Sasha Steelguard, ruler of the Island of Fairilund. Bayonca's unit is attached to Captain Jai Rogeddian under a specially commissioned patrol from Steelguard. During the patrol, they encounter a monster hunting barbarian from named Thean Layisar and his archer friend, Marli Nadjia. Thean is caught illegally hunting wildlife on Fairilund using his clansman training and a special power called therionpoimen. The two Bethairians are arrested and brought to Lady Steelguard's castle.
She publically chastises the two, but gives them a stay from harsher punishment by tasking them to join the elite scouting group in surveying a remote town devastated by some unknown attack. The investigation reaches a cave at the top of a mountain alongside the river that provides the town's water. The aberrations that attack are actually of several different kinds, but they are intelligent and coordinated.
At one point in the battle a huge aberration, dubbed a tunnel-worm by the party, disgorges a river of acid. Bayonca and Perstault are dissolved, but Masanoki's enhances speed allows him to flee in time to avoid death. However, his hooves and lower legs are caught in the pooling acid and he is crippled. The party carries him back to Steelguard after fleeing the battle. There he lays, recovering physically but in deep depression.