Roran and Baldor spot some soldiers from the Empire and the Ra'zac while hunting. Roran wants to seek vengeance on the Ra'zac, but Baldor convinces him to run back to Carvahall. Roran is forced to hide in the Spine, as the soldiers are looking for him. Albriech brings him provisions that night and tells him the soldiers and Ra'zac plan to wait as long as it takes. Men of the Imperial Army arrive, led by two strangers called the Ra'zac.