The victorious survivors return to the settlement having fought off the menacing invader. Upon their return, Hephaestus sees a lantern from the lantern horde fall to the ground and start to glow. He decides to experiment with another lantern from the horde and discovers the secret of creating heat with a lantern oven.
Shortly thereafter, A mysterious hooded knight shows up and gives a package to Dionysus. He opens it to find a large and very awkward to use Twilight Sword, but he is so drawn to the magnificent weapon that he refuses to ever put it down. The stranger leaves peacefully without explanation.
Over the course of the next lantern year, the survivors use their new lantern oven to craft a monster tooth necklace, though having hunted no monster they lack the resources to create anything else. Two nameless female survivors are lost attempting to give birth, causing the settlement's population to dwindle ever lower. As the year draws to a close, the remaining survivors begin to prepare for another hunt.