I decide to take the northeast route! It is a bit out of the way, but if I can find a horse or a cart and use it to travel by road rather than by arduous wilderland routes, I can get to the capital faster. Plus it has the advantage of better camouflage opportunities while still close to the Kai monestary.
My path allows me to sight both flying Kraan and their Giak riders, and allows me to hide from them as well before continuing.
Update: The War Party and the Mage
Zounds! I've encountered a war party of 20 to 25 Giaks all fighting a lone magician (who's about my age).
If only I could team up with him; if only he weren't already facing down a huge number of Giaks; if only I could throw lightning bolts like him!
As I watch, a small group charges him, while a lone Giak flanks him, climbs a pillar and hopes to launch a surprise assault on the lone mage.
I should do something!
I could throw something at the Giak, but I'm not too keen on risking my life and this mage's life on a single throw. And I can't just leave -- though the call of cowardice masked by duty is strong -- Kai and Magician together might be enough to scare away or even kill the Giak war party.
Shouting a warning may district them, but may prove less a challenge to their morale than a new combatant entering the fray!
I decide to attack just as the ambushing Giak attacks. If I kill or knock him unconscious impressively enough, it might rout the remaining Giaks.
Of course, that would mean combat so early in the adventure and I have miles to go.
No matter! Have at thee, foul Giak!
Update: Kai vs. Giak fight!
So! The ambusher is now the ambushee! And that gives me a bonus of +4 CS for the duration of the fight...
Lone Wolf [ CS 15+4, Endurance 24+4 ] vs. Giak [CS 9, Endurance 9]
The combat ration of my Combat Skill less the Giak's Combat Skill is 19-9=10! A world of difference between my martial prowess and his.
My first roll is an 8. Checking the combat results table, he takes 18 Endurance damage, and I take none. His Endurance is only 9, and he is deader than dead.
Victory is mine! Only 24 to go -- fantastic.
Let's see what the rest of them have to offer!
Update: Cowards & Comrades!
Not much apparently. The Giaks begin to run away, while the leader of the group tries to keep face.
"Ogot! Ogot!" he says just before managing to hurl a fairly long threat at me and my (hopefully) new compatriot.
The last thing we see of them transpires as follows:
Shaking his mailed fist at you, the black-clad Giak screams, ‘RANEG ROGAG OK—ORGADAKA OKAK ROGAG GAJ!’ before leaving. Surveying the scene of battle, you count over fifteen Giak dead lying among the broken pillars of Raumas.Maybe I should have learned how to be a wizard instead. Even assuming one of those fifteen was my own kill -- this wizard massacred more than half their number! No wonder they ran!
OOC: this is to be Lone Wolf's first encounter in the books with the foul tongue of the Giaks. It's not actually translated in the book, but through the magic of future sourcebooks and the interweb, we now know what this Giak officer said.
Ogot means retreat; the longer sentence delivered with mailed fist shaking is translated as: "I will return--you humans will die!"
Okay, time to talk to the mage.