After the last fight with constructs, Shynya realizes that she will be a liability in future encounters unless she gains some martial abilities. So she begins training with Uncle Bondoukou in Ponderer’s Grove, learning the way of the Monk. Shynya returns home at the end of each day dirty and sore. Only when Mishka visits the grove for her own purposes does she observe Shynya training and finally understand where her companion has been for the past few days.
Zinder stops by one day while Shynya is out, informing Mishka that he has been assigned duty as a trainer of nomad crossbowmen at Yamasoukro Oasis. He must leave immediately and does not know when he will return to see Shynya again.
Meanwhile, Melancho has a long talk with Yaryar. He suggests that Yaryar has earned a higher rank, but Yaryar seems uninterested in such rewards. Melancho presses the issue, pointing out that Yayyar has earned the respect of the entire militia. Still, Yaryar has no desire for any rank above sergeant. Melancho sets aside that part of the discussion and moves on to discuss general strategy and tactics, finding that he and Yaryar generally agree on the important points.
Finally, the group has yet another meeting with Heresiarch Melancho. As the kaer’s premier explorers and troubleshooters, this happensquite often. Melancho explains that the preparations proceed quickly with the new Chenachane allies, and the gathering of further allies can occur, for the most part, without the group’s intervention. There are other important long-term goals for which the group is ideally suited. Melancho then goes on to explain important questions that need answers.
- 1. When did the Horror come from?
- 2. How far does the desert extend?
- 3. Does the Tassa-Takorat nomad clan survive?
- 4. Are there other potential allies further south?
- 5. Can the group find sources of material for another airship?
The group readily agrees to journey south in search of answers even before Melancho has asked. To aid in the endeavor, Melancho offers each of them a war camel. Shynya also requests some magical supplies that will take a few days to create.