- A veteran of many Ixali skirmishes in Gridania, Belmont suspects that there is more to the Ixal's presence in this part of the world than meets the eye. He bids you use your stealth and cunning to search their lair to the east.
- After a review of the Ixal's housekeeping and a battle to the death, you discover nothing more unusual than a log of very dark wood. Still, it grew not from these woods, and the birdmen hardly kept it as a pet. Return to the camp and give the log to Belmont.
- According to Belmont, the black yew you brought back is found only in the Twelveswood and is much favored by the Ixal who plant the tree to create living fortifications. Belmont believes that this is evidence that the Ixal are settling in Coerthas, seizing on the distraction afforded by Ishgard's many troubles.