Late into the night Elijah and I discussed what to do. Before turning in we concluded that we would explore our immediate surroundings.
First on our list was the northern road that runs out of the one open gate. In the hills just outside the city we discovered a series of villages and farms. In those that were closer to the city the mark was prevalent. But further out it disappeared. Good news.
We were able to restock some foodstuffs. And gain some information. Those without the mark had been driven from the city. They uneasily await a future expulsion from their current locale.
Come that time Elijah advised them to prepare to travel north to search out the Purser.