The morning brings a brief respite from the harsh reality, they had been taken captive by Orcs 4 days ago. Each day they were forced to pull the carts as if they were beasts of burden, and each night tied together with a post stuck in the ground. If the freezing temperatures and falling snow weren't bad enough the slavers constantly struck them, sometimes for fun other times because they wanted to intimidate the other slaves. During those 4 days some of the slaves died, from beatings or from the cold and they were tossed aside like trash.
Luckily a human slave named Heike helped to devise a plan to escape and all was going well until another slave betrayed them, whistling a tune to call the attention of an Orc who had his eye on Heike. Swift action resulted in the Orc and the traitor being killed before alerting any of the other slaves, and their freedom was won. Gane took to the carts and began taking whatever equipment he could while Mung began to armor herself. While attempting to free more of the slaves they were caught and the slavers turned their eye on the small party, setting upon them like prey. During the skirmish Heike and her companion Tristen were presumably slain while Gane and Mung took flight into the woods.
On their own, wounds severe, the duo travel through the woods trying to find somewhere to hide from their pursuers. They found a cave and upon exploring found a crack in one of the cave walls that led back out into the forest and to a moment of safety. Mung used her knowledge of the wilderness to create a campfire and catch some rabbit for the two of them eat. Gane proved to be too weak to withstand the environment, finding solace in a book of musical notes that he carried on his person, and Mung's wounds were severe to the point that she was on death's door…the night was not without terror, though they woke up the next morning somewhat rested. This continued another two days, the pair traveling through the woods with no bearing until the third day when they found a small village that may be the shelter they've been seeking.