The group returns through the caverns as quickly as possible, with Marin and Leo nearly flying at the lead and Alelip doing his best to ignore the pain as he limps quick-time behind them. The halls of limestone seem a blur of stalactites and stalagmites, and the pace occasionally has poor Ken seeing stars as he bumps into one of the white-grey outcroppings. Even at the best pace and with full knowledge of the path, though, it takes a good twenty minutes to retrace the squad's steps to the secret door in the vaulted chamber beneath the watchtower.
Everyone catches their breath as Leo cautiously opens the swinging wall, with Caedmon providing cover with his bow. All is clear and dark on the other side, but the faint sounds of battle can be heard even through the thick layers of stone and earth above.