Tia nodded, “Let’s head back. We can speak with the commander again. I want to send word to the Citadel. They may be able to send reinforcements. Another channeler and a gaidin or two wouldn’t be amiss.” As she spoke, Tia was thinking to what she saw at the outpost. The number of men there could handle the Trollocs easily enough, but the Draghkar and Fade were two very different beasts.
The group did their best to make quick and silent work of getting back to the outpost. The Green Sister kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, or to come across a scouting party of Trollocs, but their luck held. As the gates closed behind them, the outpost commander approached, “Looking at your expressions, I’m assuming it is not happy news.”
Looking to Alrim for a moment, Tia looked back to the man, “No. There are at least twenty Trollocs. A Fade and Draghkar too. I’d like to say Alrim and I could handle it on our own, but it would be risky, and I’d rather not take unnecessary risks. One more channeler and their Warder would be welcome. I want to send word to the Citadel right away. There are a few channelers there that could help. They may even have the ability to Travel and could arrive quicker.”
“I will send my fastest riders. The road is not hard to travel, and with luck, they will arrive unscathed,” the commander replied. “Come to my office. We can write the missive there, and dispatch it right away,” he added. As Alrim and Tia followed him, the commander showed, “Greyson, you, Rodan and Dolan are to get your mounts ready to head for the Citadel.”
A man off to Tia’s left called out, “Yes Commander!”
Activity seemed to pick up a level as Tia and Alrim entered the Commander’s office. It didn’t take long for Tia to write out the request, and she made it clear that she’d rather someone Travel there so they could take care of the Shadowspawn sooner than later.”
As they stepped out of the office, the one named Grayson stepped up, “Sir, we are ready to go.”
Tia handed him the wax-sealed parchment, “See this gets to the Channelers at the Citadel. They will know who to send.”
“It will be done, Aes Sedai,” he said simply before turning to join his comrades. The three mounted up and took off through the gates, bound for the Citadel.
Tia looked from Alrim to the Commander, “I think it would be best if we tried to get some sleep. Commander, I don’t think I need to tell you or your men to be extra vigilant.”
“Of course, Aes Sedai.”
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