page rode up. The other knight called out a greeting andclimbed down off his horse.“Hail, Kinnith! What news have you?”“Good news, my lord. My best tracker has just returned.He reports that the orcs, while great in number, are all on
foot, save for a few ofcers. Currently they are surrounding
the village walls, laying siege, and are spread out. He also
reports that they have out but few scouts and ankers, and
we should easily be able to take them with a good charge. The vermin are ready to be swept before us!”Alec grunted, glad that Greywall did at least have a wooden palisade around it. “Seems too easy. A thousandgreen backs, no wargs, no scouts? It seems like somethingis amiss. Screams it, in fact. You’re sure your scout got itright, Kinnith?”Kinnith looked at Alec with his eyebrow raised. “MyLord, he is my best scout. He wouldn’t get it wrong.”
Old Baldy scufed his boots together as he spoke.
“He’s not questioning what your man saw, Kinnith. He’squestioning whether your man saw the truth, or the truththe green backs wanted him to see. You do have to admitthat not even greenbacks are this foolish.”“Rabble! Nothing but rabble!” Kinnith scoffed. “ Whydo you two seem so surprised that the greenbacks wouldbe more interested in conquest and pillage than mindingbusiness? They know we rarely amass formations of thissize, so they must feel safe in their numbers.”A silence ensued as the other two pondered the youngerknight’s words. Alec wished he had more knights here, buthe had few enough to go around, and had to rely on men-at-arms —trained and armored, granted, but not lifetime