Lands unknown, lands forsworn, passed by unseen along each side of the black Charon river. Underworld’s roof signs of wear. When Farin looked up he could see starlight peeping through the cracks to Overland. Night had fallen.

The Charon reached an island and rushed around it. A mighty, beastly bird rose up from the island and spread wings that were so broad, they could have crushed a bear.