"My friends, I think we need to talk. There are at least two issues that need addressing, and if you can think of others, do not hesitate: now is the time to raise them."
The wizard unfolds the maps so the party can study the itinerary and make comments.
"First, we need to rethink our approach to cities and villages. Entering the village today as a group and with our horses was probably a mistake. Sofia made a few excellent points before our lunch. I would like to hear your thoughts."
[OOC To Mordae] Could you please give us some indications regarding the presence and size of towns and villages on the 'recommended' itinerary?
The wizard pauses.
"Second- I can think of three major threats during our journey: Imperial soldiers, tax collectors, and bandits. We can fight bandits, but Imperial soldiers and tax collectors can really put our mission in jeopardy, especially if we cannot even explain our presence on the roads or in cities..."
"We need a story to tell soldiers lest they send us to the front. We could also use a story for tax collectors." Sikhandyn concludes