In the name of the Count of Faer, the Earl Christopher Vaughn has assembled a force of local and Ducal garrison men to quell the Umbakians. As The Gallants travel north, they run into the Earl’s outriders and are immediately brought to his presence. The Earl has assembled over 350 soldiers and 150 levy, along with another 100 irregulars – skirmishers and light cavalry. They easily outnumber the Umbakians, but the Umbakians – at least 300 strong – are all trained and experienced soldiers, and over 50 are heavy cavalry. Magus Emjek of House Malor says they must be fought and dealt with – that all considerations for captive comrades and other concerns must be set aside.