The sojourn itself was pleasant at first, full of new sights and people. The common halls were often used as traffic ways for commerce between enclaves, so they were not alone. At times they passed small shops and stands offering up organics. These were often the indication of an encampment in the area, the growers selling off excess crops on the roads of travel. Many had strange decoration and wild painting indicating their presence hoping to catch the eye or draw in children. Naeliim warned to avoid most, there was nothing to fear but prices were elevated to foolish levels.
One the eight day of travel they began to see the crowds thin and the first of the House Gera'had shepherds. By the ninth there were no travelers to be found. The group encountered the barricade on the tenth day. Travel was not restricted but the advice came "Your on your own after this, we are just here to keep the conflict from spearing our direction. The House of shepherds was not a legal body these men were just concerned folk from the nearby enclaves hoping their homes would not be involved. Bendix approached the men inquiring into the conflict. "Some times folks just want to have a go at each other, you can't some em" One of the more chatty men replied. "How far is this tension spread, we need to get around?" "Two decks above, four below. Its not two port below, but center line and starboard are on fire. Keep your head low."
Naeliim took the news with thought. Heading sidelong and down would extend travel time, but waiting for the Helm to decide it interrupted functions enough to intervene would be longer.