The open tableland came to an end, and with that our ease of movement. Our progress slowed with much time taken up in the descent to a lower elevation.
When the pass below came in view, no one was in sight.
We wondered if we had outpaced the army.
The Captain suggested we halt to wait and see. Elijah, however, said we had things to do further along.
And so it was before the daylight faded, Tomas spotted another force, hidden in ambush in a defile off the trail of the pass.
Elijah took up a position above them and struck the ground with his staff. The mountain quaked and the defile below filled in with an avalanche of rock.