Guts is awoken by a nightmare of his former lover, Casca being burned at the stake. He sees his demonic and malformed son warn him of a holy land. So, Guts goes back to the house of a blacksmith friend, Godo, who took in Guts and Casca after their betrayal at the Eclipse Ceremony. At the house, Guts finds that Casca wandered away from the house and disappeared during an excursion out of her cave sanctuary. Guts demands that she be found, but is admonished by Godo and his daughter, Erica. Both of which say that he left them to pursue self-destructive vengeance, thus leaving Casca and being partly to blame for her lack of supervision. He contemplates this accusation in a cave, and decides to track down and rescue Casca from her foretold doom, all the while being pushed onto a path of vengeance and wrath by the Beast of his inner Darkness.