I'm playing around with your characters, ya. The basic reason I justified for doing this was that some evil had taken place in stealing the child, although I don't know what it is yet, nevertheless, as the evil took place, it passed over the dryden of the wood, and for whatever reason, he died. The dryden was the spiritual protector of the wood, and so when he died, the whole forest (small as it is) became evil - haunted, etc. The animals go crazy, the trees lose their sense of proprietary kindness, and now it's pretty dangerous woods to cross through.
It might help also if you cut up the paragraphs by spacing. I know most of the forum is pretty much without spaces, but even so, that makes it pretty difficult to read. Anyways, that would help a lot. I don't mean to sound picky.