Rudolph van Ceu and his companions chose to move through the forest, avoiding the highways.
As you would expect, their horses weren’t making good time in the forest. Horses can
walk in a forest, but they can’t trot and definitely not gallop. Rudolph chose
a path that would slow him down, but drastically reduce his chances of detection.
Also, it made it more likely that he will stumble on food.
“That’s something! Rabbit!” Rudolph van Ceu
After he praised the soldier that had caught the rabbit, the group dismounted
and prepared for the meal.
They located a creek with water, and prepared to boil
some water and cook the rabbit. Two prepared the meal while the rest kept a lookout
on their surroundings. Rudolph was sleeping next to the makeshift camp without
It seems he hadn’t ridden a horse for this length of time before and was
exhausted by the need to camp on hard ground.
The running dragon is fast in the forest. After the main gate opened, Patrick
re-joined Corporal Mirko and the other two and hunted the remnants of the rebel
Former soldiers often become bandits, this is commonly seen in army
desertions. Most deserters who
are planning on banditry will seek to enter the forest at the first opportunity.
Patrick eliminated several soldiers that were going for that.
“Hey, look at that” Pat whispers
I call to the other and point in a certain direction.
“Imperial soldiers… no, that’s officers?” Corporal Mirko
“Oh, that’s a lot of white clothes and fancy equipment, isn’t it? Potentially
an aristocrat, who can be ransomed back to the Empire. By the way, Kingdom
soldiers get 20% of the ransom for any enemies they capture.” Sergeant Josh
“Let’s make some money.” Pat grins