I found Magor, and he sent me to go kill the sorceress Galhexia. I wasn’t able to get in many questions before Magor kicked me out of his tower, but he said that I could get to the Direwood Forest from Chaldon.
I’m guessing Chaldon is east of Hengemire, because it’s not listed on the sign at the crossroads, and I can’t really go in any direction other than back east to Hengemire from there.
So, I think the real problem is finding a way to travel east on the road without getting killed by bandits. Magor gives me money to spend. Perhaps there’s a way to buy a weapon. However, I can’t figure out how to buy a weapon. The only thing I can successfully buy is an oil lamp.
So, any hints and/or spoilers for how to arm myself in order to get past the bandings, or how to find Chaldon/Direwood Forest would be welcome