Merlin made no demands of us before he departed. Neither commanding us to stay nor to continue on. He only asked that we consider carefully our next step.
This was what we wanted to do anyway. Though each one of us was willing to soldier on, we took his advice to heart and paused to weigh our decision. We wanted to be absolutely sure we had a call to go on.
On the face of it we were unsure what we small folk could do against such a large force. Hitherto we had considered ourselves as just scouts for the greater forces of our allies.
Rumble this time surprised us all with his suggestion that we set pixie traps to whittle down the numbers of the dark elves. And further he said he could come up with a fairy trick or two that could be equally effective.
This won Dunfallon’s vote.
Noralei was silent in thought throughout these martial pronouncements. So, I asked what troubled her.
She replied that she felt a rising bloodlust within her that, in fact, scared her.
Then she said something else that fell on our ears like a blow.
We have seen the dark elf warriors, but where are their women and children?