Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
The Waking (Theodore Roethke)
Will is not a man of monetary means. He is however a man well-liked by many and loved by not a few. Normally it's a 14 day journey to Ulpha by sea, and then another 3-5 days traveling inland to get to the university, far more time than Will has. But Will has spent the last two days calling in every favor, every debt, and every positive association he could to raise enough money to shave days off the journey. The first measure was tickets on mage driven ship, whose magical crew could put enough additional wind in the sails to land him on Ulpha's coast in 5 days. That leaves him 11 days to get to the university and find his answer. 11 days to find a theoretical cure for a mythical species. Will doesn't have to be a bean counter to see odds are