After hours of marching, Impa's patrol comes across a makeshift village. There, they meet the Ravagers, and their leader, Ishaka. Ishaka challenges Impa to a game of wits, which Impa wins by both: A.) answering a riddle regarding life with "Nothing", and B.) drawing out her Biggoron Knife in comparison with Ishaka's own twin knives. Clearly impressed with the Sheikah, Ishaka decides to explain what's been going on. According to Ishaka, the sorceress in the Valley of the Seers sent her forces to the Southern Vale - now dubbed by the locals as "the Valley of the Damned" - to practice for war by slaughtering innocent people; the Ravagers are fighting to protect them.
Impressed by the Ravagers' mettle, Impa offers them and the remaining villagers to come to Hyrule Castle, as a first-hand account will mean much more to the court. Impa assures the doubtful Ishaka that "the only opinion that matters in the end is that of the princess. And I can promise you that she is not one to take your concerns lightly." Ishaka agrees though not before they make a bet on the truthfulness of Impa's words on the princess.
After gathering the few dozen surviving villagers to come with them, the Hyrulian soldiers and the Ravagers protect them for the night before trekking back to Hyrule Castle. Upon arrival, Impa meets with Sir Gawain, a reformed criminal and now a knight of the Royal Guard, who reports that Princess Zelda has requested both Impa's and Ishaka's presence. He also reveals that Zelda has allowed the villagers to stay in a refugee camp within the Royal Courtyard (which surprises Impa).
To Be Continued...