Some more story to bore you all with.
Colonel Alvarez and his men were seated around the large table in the main hall of Xolotl's chambers, here they were joined by Alsnia, Nahuatl and Draghor.
Xolotl looked worried when he spoke, You're welcome here of course as allies against the Reptilians, although your actions during the last battle speak against you.
We're not entirely certain if we can still trust you!
On top of that you might have been followed and this could mean the enemy will finally know our location!
This is a terrible situation especially since our friends are on an expedition and we're not at full strength yet.
Alvarez replied, I understand your feelings, I'm not sure if your location has been discovered, we did lose some men on the way here, we were followed for a while but we're not sure for how long.
I apologize for the events during the battle, such is War, unexpected things happen, we had no choice than to retreat at that time and we couldn't warn you in time.
As you can see this is all that's left of our army, we ask for asylum here, we will help you in any way we can and offer our swords and muskets.
One day we hope to be able to return to our country, for now you're our only hope for survival, we lay our lives in your hands!
Alsnia whispered something in Xolotl's ear.
Right! Xolotl said, I wonder if this is all that's left of your forces, where are your ships?
Alvarez looked down at the table, we where betrayed by Captain Gonzales, he took command of the ships together with the Pirate Captain James Alday and they left us on the beach.
Another ship was destroyed by a monster.
MORE BETRAYAL! Draghor bellowed. These men are not to be trusted!
First they marooned Firebeard, then they left us during the Battle, they betrayed each other stealing ships, and now they might have led the enemy to our door!
I say we finish them here and now! Why should we put our trust in them?
What good will a handful of them do?
Colonel Alvarez turned pale, Father Escolano softly started to pray, one of the men clenched his pistol, Alvarez shook his head, and the soldier let it go.
It went silent for minutes when Alsnia stood up.
We're their only hope, we should not let them down, they came to us in time of need, let them prove themselves!
We can use any men in the fight, if we kill them we would be no better than the Reptilians!
Thank you My Lady! Colonel Alvarez said.
We're willing to prove ourselves to you, let me remind you that Captain Gonzales not only betrayed us, but was also the man responsible for marooning Sgt. Fillippa who you call Firebeard!
This one man has caused more trouble than we could imagine, but he's not an example of our people!
He turned to Draghor, I hope I can convince you that we're reliable men, I understand your doubts, ask of us what you want, and we will do it to prove our worth to you.
Draghor grumbled a bit, I may have overreacted, he admitted, I still think it was foolish of you to come here like this, if the enemy has found our hideout we're in lots of trouble.
You want to prove yourself?
Help me putting up the defenses, I'm afraid we will need those very soon!
Alvarez nodded, of course!
From what I've seen in the short time here, I think a few musketmen placed in strategic positions might turn the entrance into a cul de sac.
Seeing that Draghor didn't understand the term he explained, an enemy would be hemmed in from all sides except the behind, it's basically a kill zone.
With some muskets and bows we can hold up the enemy for quite a while if we narrow down the entrance.
Draghor nodded, now that's good thinking, maybe you're useful after all.
Xolotl turned to Nahuatl, how is the breeding program going?
The Beastmaster smiled, quite well! I already have five raptors who've reached maturity and they're being trained as we speak, the strange thing is they only accept female riders.
Escolano looked shocked, Raptors? You mean you breed monsters?
Of course Nahuatl replied, we will need to fight the enemy with their own weapons, properly trained these beasts will be a great asset to us, you have no need to fear them.
Alvarez laid his hand on Escolano's shoulder, worry not Father, the Lord works in mysterious ways doesn't he? I'm certain we'll be fine here, while saying that he gave Escolano a look that made the Inquisitor understand he'd better be quiet now.
Good! Xolotl said, it's decided then!
You can stay and help Draghor, I just want to warn you! At the first sight of betrayal we will not hesitate to feed you to the Raptors!
No need for that, Alvarez said, we will prove it to you!
And with that the meeting ended.
Outside hidden in the bushes Sssllthr watched the entrance of the dungeon.
So this is where the rebels were hiding all this time, he thought, there must be some sort of magic at work here, the Frogking would have seen this in his visions otherwise.
Now how to proceed? For a moment he found himself clutching the small silver flute around his neck.
Would it still work? The giant demonic worm he summoned with it last time was killed, did this mean the flute was now useless or would it just summon another one?
He fought the urge to try it, the Orb of Tanith was somehwere in there, if he unleashed the creature it might get lost, no...this asked for a more subtle approach!
The Orb first! annihilation later!