Theyle is begining to have second thoughts when it comes to what she is increasingly viewing as Torture of small animals. While Dake and their newly acquired dwarf Vilken make their attack on the village of giants. They capture Theyle and some of the children giants, and burn a large bit of the village. The screams and roar of the flames receed behind them as they head down the trail, Giants to confused to offer chase.
During this confusion Conan succeeds in escapeing from his cage, upon his way out of the village he has an encounter with several other dwarves who have come to find Dake, and perhaps vilken too if they can. Giants, and then Dwarves. Plenty of odditiy in the Hyborian realm of Conan. Theyle is made to lead the children behind the cart at least to a spot where, deemed safe from pursuit, they may rest.
Reseri and the jatte finish subdueing the flames and then during a period of calm first realizes that Conan is missing and then that Theyle and the children are missing. He has the jatte summon the Hellhounds, bulldog like creatures with thick red mattes of fur. The release of this frightens off the Varg scouts who want nothing whatsoever to do with these creatures. Conan too can hear the call of the hellhounds afar off in the distance and it would bode ill were they to be on his trail.
The Hellhounds are hot on the trail of Conan, he makes his stand and slays them all. This is met with much satisfaction on behalf of the Varg. Deciding rightly that any warrior who can slay the hellhounds is one best left to his own devices. This is met with far less amusement by Reseri, almost as little as the cracked Cart wheel with which Dake must contend.