Devion is approached by someone seeking him from Magnimar and with great apologies, he's forced to leave you.
“I have no choice. I must go. Be well and may the gods guide and protect you.”
From seven, you are now five, but still you feel an obligation to try and save the town. From all you know, Thistletop is at best, to days travel north and you've packed accordingly. The trees are beginning to turn color. Fall is steadily approaching.
Along your way, you hear the sounds of a struggle, and when you close in you see someone engaged with two bugbears. Another bugbear lies dead on the ground. You're close, but it seems not close enough to be of any immediate help. But before you can react, this individual smacks one of the bugs in the side of the head knocking it down, and just before the other bug can attack him, another figure lunges out from a thicket nearby, killing the bug with a lightning strike to the kidneys.
By the time you get there, all is settled and the sneaky one is searching the bugs, but finds nothing of use except for a potion.