By the time the female mage with the curly brown hair fled for her life, it was growing late in the day. Concerned that she could return with reinforcements during the night, the party took Cassick’s suggestion to hole up in the caves north of the village. Before pulling out, Cassick retrieved a wagon from the empty barn.
“Should we leave the place booby-trapped?” Athron mused. He and Boeden debated whether they should remove the traps set to bring the barn and stables down, or the glyphs Athron placed on the doors – the traps might benefit them, by slowing their pursuers, but also could present a threat to any innocent passersby who might enter the village.
Cassick led the group to the most sheltered of the cave entrances, while Duran, Vermillion and Broc took measures to obscure the group’s track behind them. Inside, the others were surprised to find signs of someone having lived there before – an old bedroll, utensils and broken and discarded toys. “Someone must have been staying here before,” Cassick commented, not mentioning that the caves had provided a haven for his sister Amalia and her twin sons.
After settling in, and securing the still-unconscious Damiano, the group debated what they should do next. When Athron suggested that perhaps they should take Damiano to Torei, and hand him over to Arkus’s people, Cassick countered with, “What does Arkus care about him?” Athron, knowing that the answer would involve revealing Maeva’s true identity, did not answer.