Five of Blades

The fighting is done for the day, but the outcome is unclear. Perhaps the ambassadors are parleying, perhaps everyone has simply retreated to lick their wounds. Either way, it is a moment that will not hold.

In this moment, it is imperative to gather one’s resources. Collect the dropped armaments, patch up the damaged armor.  It is waiting, but it is not stillness. It is not up to the common folk to know when the engagement will begin again, so act now to bury the dead and collect their weapons. There is neither good nor evil in this; it is simply preparation for the inevitable conflict coming.

There are no victors in long wars; there are only those who come out of it less decimated. Take care to determine that you have done everything in your power to come out ahead of everyone else. It is all you can do.