To the Tree
You decide to investigate the strange tree. It appears to have a face carved into its trunk. As you come nearer the face seems to be very real and very much alive. You go nearer. The tree is crying! "But trees don't cry!" you say aloud. "They do if, sniff, if they're weeping, sniff, weeping willows!" The tree wails. "But why are you crying?" You ask, still not sure this is really happening. "You'd cry to if you were a beautiful princess that had been turned into a tree because some evil sorceress mermaid was jealouse of you!" She explains. She breaks into tears, now more upset than before.
You don't have any weapons!
To the mermaid, you can handle a sorceress!