When we look behind us at Merlin’s castle, we can more easily see the descent we have made to this lower level. It calls to mind that we have so much further to go, now that we no longer have our goal in sight. And as we enter this wild desert land, Rumble’s map and Noralei’s compass become all the more valuable to us.
Having never seen the like before, Noralei is fascinated by the landscape and its strange looking plants. (At least none of them are those dark monstrosities). Dunfallon took her in charge and brought her close up to some of the more interesting ones.
Amused, Rumble and I just kept ambling along the heading he has plotted.
All is level and straight for now. But his map shows obstacles ahead. Obstacles that from our current vantage are not visible.