Re: Communication (PG-13) [Chapter Fifteen Now Posted]
<The Security Guild appears to have shifted its focus from maintaining the silence of the witnesses to keeping an eye out for potential threats,> Oth said to the small crowd of glalie gathered before it within the deep chambers that were Grosh’s home. After taking some time to hunt and feed, the party had decided upon this location as the place where they would take refuge, at least for the time being, and they had been there for roughly half a day by this point. <Zilag and Hledas, as well as friends of the latter, have seen known witnesses to the attack going unescorted and have seen known guild members patrolling the warren, and I am told that guards are indeed now posted at the entrance at all times.>
“I’d figured as much,” Zdir said in the hushed tones that had become the norm for the group, nodding. “At least as far as the shifted focus is concerned, anyway. Now that his prisoners have escaped and Hagen’s been forced to let the people find out as much—to let them recognize that they need to be on the look out for trouble from other glalie, even if they are being led to believe that said glalie are merely illusions concealing something else—he’s undoubtedly well beyond the point of feeling that he needs to keep people believing that they’re in no danger.”
“But Zilag and his family still don’t know for certain whether or not they’re being watched, do they?” Solonn asked.
<I am afraid not,> Oth answered. <Zilag wishes to assure you that both he and Hledas continue to do their best to keep the possibility of the guild monitoring them in mind at all times, however.>
“Hm…” was Solonn’s only reply to that, sounding somewhat less than fully assured. He hadn’t really expected for either of them to be careless in dealing with the guild, or at least not for Zilag to be, but the notion of them possibly being watched like that still kept a degree of gnawing worry and a vicarious sense of indignation attending him.
<He also has mentioned that there are rumors of the Security Guild intending to increase its numbers,> Oth then said. <There has been no official word from the guild on the subject, however. It may only be wishful thinking on the part of the public.>
“Hopefully that rumor will prove to be true. I’ll admit right now that I don’t exactly have the utmost faith in the guild’s current ability to defend the warren. At the very least, a small pack of guards at the entrance isn’t going to keep the Sinaji out if they show up in even only a third of the numbers I suspect them to have,” Zdir said grimly.
“Sounds like they’d do best to just do away with the Security Guild,” Narzen mused aloud, which earned him a couple of sanity-questioning looks. “What I mean is, they should probably just train everybody to fight like they do,” he clarified. “Just make everyone one of them, basically. From the way you’re talking,” he said with a glance at Zdir, “it sounds like they’re gonna need damned near the entire warren to stand a chance against the Sinaji.”
“I don’t imagine that that’s literally the case,” Zdir said, “but I do agree that making sure that as many people as possible are capable of defending themselves is something that should happen, yes. And that, incidentally, includes all of us, especially since we still have more than just the Sinaji to be concerned about as long as we remain here.”
“Which is unfortunate,” Ronal said. “I for one would like to have the guild on our side, especially with their numbers bolstered. I would prefer to take the fight to the Sinaji rather than let them make another move against the warren.”
“Under those circumstances, that might indeed have become an option,” Zdir said. “As it is, though, we are still fugitives and accomplices thereof in the guild’s eyes. We may be able to seek out allies once we can be teleported from this place—then, perhaps, we can deal with the Sinaji. For now, however, I don’t imagine that most of us are truly ready to face more than a stray exile or a guild member or two. You all need to be made ready. You need to be trained to fight for your lives. We need to make damned certain that we’re all truly prepared to face whatever lies ahead of us.”
Next time: You’ll see. :3 See you then!
Last edited by Sike Saner; 11-29-2010 at 07:46 AM.