Sieghard nodded as Valdes spoke. "Starving men won't give their food to the man who sent them to die. The cart will give the outcasts reason to trust us. Without it, we're no better than the Duke in their eyes."

"If you will allow it, I would like to go with Esteban to the pass. I think I can help persuade the men inside to turn their coats. And if they prove more loyal to Alvarr than we hoped, I will return to the city right away."