Phillip met Owyn at a party in Yabon, where the Duchess introduced him to all her daughters, making him late in leaving for LaMut. Traveling with a pack of scrolls on his back, he encountered Owyn, Locklear, and Gorath south of the town. Despite Locklear's desire to remain unnoticed, Owyn and Phillip struck up a conversation.
Phillip remarked that Amelia was the prettiest of the Duchess's daughters and that Katherine had taken a liking to Owyn, who retorted that Katherine, "as fickle as her mother," would probably marry a conDoin if she could find an unwed one. Owyn introduced Locklear as his uncle and "Thorgath" as an elf, and Phillip remarked on a locked chest in the area which he'd found; unable to open it then, he had been obsessed with it ever since.
Phillip remains on the same section of road, with no explanation for his presence, and can be encountered again later if the party returns.
Phillip recommends either the Blue Wheel or the Dusty Dwarf Inn at Hawk's Hollow. He also mentions the abandoned houses in the area, worrying about their stability and the possible effects of a plague south of Loriel on the original inhabitants.
Phillip mentions the possibility of rations, spare change, and other lost items, ruefully remarking that the majority of the houses he visited had unpickable Webber locks and could not be accessed.
Phillip advises against worrying about any items Owyn might have lost, since they would probably still be where they were misplaced.
The party encounters Phillip close by the Temple of Dala. Phillip ruefully reported that he had returned to the locked chest he'd discussed with them and managed to open it, but found it empty.
Phillip considers Highcastle a typical border town and is not impressed with it, though remarking that Prince Arutha contributed to some new fortifications there. However, he did like the armory, saying it contained some of the prettiest swords he'd ever seen.
After scoffing about why Owyn might want a bag of grain ("Please don't tell me you're developing a taste for pottage....") Phillip recommends trying to negotiate a trade with someone he has done business with before on his father's behalf, Hailey Betencourt south of Highcastle Cross.