Eventually, the Hero outwitted the Kobold Mage and used the Kobold Key to free Barnard from the form of a bear. Barnard was grateful, though he barely showed this to the Hero at all. After Baba Yaga was driven from Spielburg Valley and the Spielburg Curse was lifted, Stefan von Spielburg retired and the title of baron was bestowed upon Barnard. He spent a great deal of time trying to ensure that Elsa behaved like a lady and disapproving of her companion Toro, eventually driving both of them away to Silmaria. The jester Laspo Yorick remained to torment Barnard with humor at his expense. Under his reign, however, Spielburg Valley prospers.