After realizing that Northmen will be in your path if you continue along the North lake road, you decide to turn back and head to Deep Pines in hopes of activating the teleportation circle by contacting Nimozaran and asking him to open it from his end in the Septarch’s tower. You believe this is your only chance to get to Fallcrest before the Chieftain carrying the book gets there.
During your travels Eastward, you are passed by troops of Northmen heading, presumably, for Nenlast. You try to hide from a second group, but they become aware of you. Before they can attack you, you surprise them and wipe them out.
You gain three horses.
Baaki finds a strange key on the body of the leader of the Northmen troop.