Feldard followed the party as rearguard once more, doing his best to keep pace with the nimble-footed elf who led. As they descended into the ruins below, he exchanged his axe for his crossbow and carried it cocked and loaded. He kept watch up along the cliffsides as well as behind them – alert for movement and straining to hear sounds that were not their own.
Following Hasan who was keeping a blistering pace, Ludo kept to the shadows as much as he could. Obviously Hasan thought that the recent encounter with the apes was too close to the settlement and patrols would be sent to investigate. Keeping his sword in hand, Ludo moved as silently as he could, inwardly cringing at any sound coming from the less stealthy members of the group.
Coming up on the shoulder of Hasan as he paused at a corner, Ludo darted across the street to the opposite corner of the building, listening for any sound that might indicate alarm.
Not having the nightvision to watch for wild apes or worse, Stephan hung back with Feldard as Ludo and Hasan determined what to do now that the ape had turned a bend. The strategist in Stephan screamed for the group to take cover but he dared not utter a sound.
Instead, he kept his shield and sword ready. In slow, carefully quiet movements, he kept turning to see as much as he could, keeping an eye on Feldard’s face to note if the dwarf saw anything. His movements, he hoped, would make it more difficult for someone to get a clean shot on him.
As Hasan and Ludo crept forward, Stephan managed to move to the side, behind a fallen stone column, where he could watch but be ready to run. He noticed Maruc and Miklos doing the same — Miklos kneeling behind a crumbling statue of a jackal-headed shaman, and Maruc crouching behind an odd menhir carved with what must be shaman or animistic symbols.
Hasan moved forward with Ludo, his hunter’s instinct’s on full alert, ready to discern any clue that revealed their prey’s location.
From ahead, he heard what sounded like an armored patrol moving rapidly toward them.