Fleeing into the forest, he encountered the wounded Ferdia. The good-natured Edric treated the Ferdia's wounds, expecting nothing in return. Instead, the Ferdia granted him a gift - the ability to dreamwalk, or experience and influence mortal dreams. This ability made Edric the first aisling; all of his descendants are said to possess the same gift.
Edric was captured by Skoga's men and thrown in prison for desertion. For six nights, Edric dreamwalked with a human slave who had disobeyed one too many times and been thrown in prison. Each night, Edric witnessed in the slave's dreams a different facet of love: unconditional love, friendship, sacrifice, eternal love, "love that wills the good of the other", and servitude.
At the end of the six days, Edric was due to be executed. However, in the aftermath of the failed raid, chaos broke out among the petty kingdoms and Skoga was killed.
Edric later encountered the shieldmaiden Zara. He and Zara fell in love and went on to have children together.