The Greenthorns, along with five militiamen, have been sent to Lancastle to purchase over 100 pounds of gold coins worth of weaponry. Lancastle, the capital of Lanks, is a major port city, bustling with trade, and now, also an army. The trade went smoothly, a sergeant signing papers, overseeing the transaction and seeing them off. For three days travel went smoothly back north to the Wall, but on the fourth, the group was ambushed by a superior group of Northmen, and quickly dispatched. If not for the wandering Thomas, who had traveled with them for a few days on the way south, the Greenthorns surely would have all died. The militiamen with them were not so lucky, most had died in the first volley of arrows from the ambushers.Given a few hours to bind their wounds, the Greenthorns set off to track down their cart of weapons to reacquisition it. Headed south again, the party marched for two days until they realized, thanks to Thomas, that they had been led astray, and were following a false trail. Shown the true trail head, the Greenthorns tracked down the Northmen, ambushed them in the night, and began the task of returning back to the Wall once again with the arms. While some had their suspicions that they had not been ambushed by Northmen, but by some other force, no one could substantiate these claims, and Samuel insisted they put them out of their heads.