Swamped Chapter 10 Page 3

“East watchtower,” Eve says suddenly. “Right. One of the Pest Control squads had to go out last night. Can’t go into details, but they left a lifeboat out there. It’s been too busy for us to send someone to retrieve it. East Tower should be able to locate it, assuming the Marshguards didn’t pick it up. You won’t have to worry about retrieval, just get to the tower and inform them.”

“How do I get there?”

“Out the main doors, turn east and it’s straight along the walkway. It’s all patrolled territory, so if you’re worried about swamp creatures, you can just find a patrolling knight and go with them. Probably won’t take you all the way, but they can guide you to another knight who goes closer, and keep that up all the way to the tower.”

“Could I just pass the message on to them?”

“Wouldn’t recommend that. Too easy for it to get lost. Patrol requires a lot of attention, you see. Easiest if there’s a dedicated messenger. Hold on while I write you a note.” She scribbles something quickly and hands it to you. “Report back once you know if the boat’s there or not.”

“Got it.” You put the note in your pouch. “Is that it, then?”

“Oh, one more thing. East Tower’s not really a tower, per se, but you’ll know it when you see it. Just so you don’t get confused.”

Well, that seems clear enough. You head to the front of the base, turn east, and start walking.

Until, that is, you find a gaping hole in the walkway, one that looks suspiciously similar to the greatrat hole in Juliet’s room. You can go around it easily enough, but you’re more than a little concerned about what might be lurking nearby.

Perhaps you should take Eve’s advice and find a patrolling knight. Or, you could press forward and get to the tower sooner.

What are you going to do?

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Look around cautiously first, but if you don’t see anything then keep going. Still, do talk to the next patroller you see!

Go back and get your skyslicer

If you have a source of light, maybe you can peer into one of these holes and see what it looks like.

Patrolling knight > pop out of hole.