Katrin shrugs and sadly replies "Perhaps my trust is misplaced, as they say, but without it being given, even grudgingly, there is no change for the better."
"The Fivefold Queen is but one of five?" Alardan says, surprised. "Strange gods - or monsters, or whatever they are. Are the others . . . interested in this world, do you know?"Sarlona, who has come up unnoticed, exclaims: "You're planning to take over from the Fivefold Queen!? How powerful is this Athanon!?"
Mayvreen looks at her. "You're one of the Seduced, then? Or were, I should say. The Queen is only one of the Five, girl. There is also the Great Cold One, the Burning Wrath, the Merciless." Pause. "There is a fifth but I never learned its name."
"A sound strategy, assuming we can hold it - it would be useless to seize control of the Gate only to be overwhelmed by whatever comes through. Can you tell us anything about the Gate itself, how to control it, how to deactivate it?"She looks at Alain, then at Katrin, then Mander. "I suppose your best chance is to gain control of the Gate. That will thwart Athanon and block the flow of reinforcements for the Five."
"I think we should destroy it," Alardan says firmly. "If we've a chance to free more people we should take it, and I don't like the idea of leaving something like that active at our backs. Between us we should be able to handle the Foul, and once we do, the thralls will no longer be our enemies."One of the smaller outposts is directly between the Refuge and the caves. You will need to either sneak around it or destroy it first. According to the refugees there may be forty or fifty people there, a mixture of Foul and enthralled servants. Expect at least one spellcaster.