After approaching and watching the conversation between Farkas and Lord Paz, Taneskel is noticed. When prompted by Paz, Taneskel attempts, poorly, to convince Paz that he is a useful and worthy hire for the caravan. Taneskel starts to bring up literacy as a useful skill, but Farkas interrupts and intimidates him, and the words don’t quite make it out. Failing miserably, Lord Paz forbids Taneskel from joining or following the caravan and warns that Paz does not want to see him again. Taneskel watches as the caravan passes him by.
That night, Farkas and Khunbish, along with part of Farkas’s platoon, survey the Lion‘s army that is covertly tailing them. They accurately determine the army’s location without being noticed. Trying to impress Lord Paz by showing the distance he can cover, Taneskel uses sorcery to transform in a falcon and fly ahead of the caravan. While doing so, he also spots the encamped army following the caravan. Farkas’s party neither notices nor is noticed by Taneskel. Farkas and company return to the caravan to report to Lord Paz early in the morning.
Landing about an hour ahead of the caravan, Taneskel has a good night’s rest, wakes up with the dawn, and writes a note to Lord Paz, explaining what he saw about the army “with his own eyes”. He waits on the road, note ready, for the caravan’s scouts to find him.
Lord Paz reads the note, and passes it to Farkas, asking “What do you make of this?”. Farkas admits he can’t read. Paz explains what the note says, and asks for the guards to bring Taneskel. Farkas and Paz question Taneskel’s claims to everyone’s satisfaction, but without Taneskel realizing that they already have this information. Privately, Paz and Farkas confer, and Farkas concludes there is a spy in his company! Paz admits that he suspects the Mongol, but Farkas denies this and goes off to find the real spy. Also in private, Paz asks Taneskel how he came by this information, and Taneskel claims that he flew, as a falcon. Paz requests proof by asking Taneskel to fly, and land on his arm, in three hours time. Taneskel agrees to this, but humbly asks for some food. Taneskel enjoys the provisions as the caravan leaves him behind once more.