Siward has broken Xiden out of the King’s Prison, but the two still have to make their escape.
The escape route the two took was through one of the air ducts which supplied the tunnel with usable breath. Xiden advised Siward to lash his pack to one booted foot, because the man would never fit if he wore it. Xiden did the same and was therefore afforded much more room than his rescuer. The exit hole was not much larger than a groundhog’s hole, so Xiden pulled some of the sod out with his hands to make room for them to get out.
As the two set out across the plains east of Orbin in the dark, they carefully listened for soldiers and horses. They met no soldiers that night and when dawn came, they were safely stowed away in a fruit grove on what was now an abandoned farm. Its deserted nature was personified by crumbling fence posts, a dilapidated house and an overgrown garden. The same features which could be found throughout eastern Rema.