Well, they had finally found ole Lazar Mirande. Turned out he left them a bit more confused than they had thought. For he was not the keeper of the crystal lilies but as he said, “merely a guardian, making sure that what is up Crimson Bayou don't come tumbling down onto the living." He also warned them that they might have stumbled upon a fight betwixt Baron Cimitere and Pater Carrefour since the Lord of Death seemed to be poaching souls that rightly belong to Papa Crossroads. In such circumstances, the plight of mere humans was likely not to matter much.
Still, he told them that, for the problem with Vangeline's curse, they needed the leaves of but one lily, boiled into an extract and given to Vangeline, that should cure her.
"So," he told them, "
"So," he told them, "Go up the Bayou until you find it’s end, which will be soon enough and a vast jungle will spread out before you. After all that, you will come to the land of the Baron Cimitere. You will know it by the smell of wormwood and gall and brimstone. And everywhere, the signs of the dead." He gave them a forked stick, a divining rod, that would show them the way, no matter what the sights or signs might tell them.