Inifra will leave us tonight. She said there is a river one day’s march north of us, and she intends to get there by morning. It runs east but bends north after a few miles and flows into the Nanten River. She wants to travel ahead of us to find out if anyone knows where Salisir went or died.
I’m not looking forward to her leaving us. She will come back to us. At least she plans to. We will continue north along the river until she returns. The march itself would take three weeks, but she says she should be able to meet us in about ten days. She intends to do so with a more precise destination for us than “the Nanten River.”
If she finds anyone loyal to Infiri with canoes she will send them for us.
That immediately brought back bad memories. When we first encountered a river in the Nanten it boiled. We watched as a canoe and the man inside disappeared into the water. She said it was nothing for us to worry about. If she sent anyone for us, they would know how to navigate the river safely.
That still didn’t answer our questions about the river itself, but she had already moved on to more important things. She emphasized that we need to keep moving. The increased speed offered by canoes would be important because there was movement of some sort behind us.
Like Dionus can sense motion through changes in the air, apparently she is able to reach out and feel movement through the rain. There is what she called a ‘disturbance’ rising behind us. She would not name what that could be, but I know we all thought the same thing: The KoraKora are coming.
She did not say that, however, and simply told us we needed to move as quickly as we can. Once we are able to travel by river she said we will be able to continue moving day and night. Traveling nonstop is where the true speed of the canoes is derived.
We will say goodbye to her tonight, and then do our best to meet her as far north as we can manage.
Gods, I hope the KoraKora are not behind us. After over five months in the Nanten, I should know better than to hope so highly.