Braddock saw the men streaming over the first line of barricades they'd set on the roads if the wall was breached, and clicked his tongue. Hopefully the next line would last longer.
Hopefully. Bald Ben was already preparing to fall back to the woods, if things kept up like this. As he rather imagined they would. Most of the people of Laodegan Town were already doing so with little prompting from the Shrikes, which he found rather encouraging. Nothing like having sensible allies to calm a man.
"Captain Braddock!" came the voice of Lady Lyn. "Captain Braddock!" Ben found himself taking a deep breath as the young noblewoman turned resistance leader approached him. "Captain Braddock, we have to act! Now! The Leonais are swarming over the town..."
Braddock nodded. "Indeed. The men are already packing things up to go into the woods. Your man Caspar is going to guide us to that lodge of yours..."
Lyn stared at him for a moment in disbelief. "Running? That's what you want to do."
"You've done it before," answered Braddock with a shrug.
She fidgeted uncomfortably. "Yes, but..." Lady Lyn bit her lip. "I thought things had changed."
"Well, yes, they're actually fighting here now," said Braddock. He leaned forward. "You wanted a war here. This is it."
"I thought..." She took a deep breath. "I don't know. That we would... free this place."
"We did. For a few days." Braddock smiled. "And we have a plan to do it for... much longer. Soon."