When the Warriors of Light arrive at Deist, they notice the many tombstones surrounding the entrance. Aigis notes that they belong to fallen dragoons. The party realizes there are several Imperial soldiers staying at Deist. Dusk states that while it is no surprise that the Empire exterminates dragons, it does not make sense to maintain a presence in the village. Sol suggests investigating and the Warriors of Light discover the citizens believe the Empire has sent soldiers to eliminate the dragons. The soldiers scoff at the notion, revealing they were only sent to occupy Deist for the Empire.
In one of the houses the party meets the former dragoon Ricard. Bedridden and crippled, he reveals he used to fight alongside Abel, a master dragoon of Deist who died fighting the Empire, despite the dragons having given up on humanity. Ricard is frustrated he cannot fulfill his promise to Abel: protecting Barbara, Abel's only daughter.
After meeting with Ricard, the party meets Old Lady Ebba, the previous caretaker of Barbara. She blames herself for Barbara's disappearance, mentioning that ten years have passed. Remaining hopeful that Barbara is still alive, she gives the Warriors of Light Abel's Spear so they can give it to Barbara should they find her.
Following a tip about Dragonweed growing to the west, the party leaves Deist.
After Barbara joins the party, they can backtrack to Deist with a black chocobo and visit Old Lady Ebba with Barbara as party leader. Ebba will be bewildered Barbara is alive and remarks the way she holds her spear reminds her of Abel.