After a little discussion among themselves when the travelers had learned these things, with talking to the others who had been involved, it was decided that they should go immediately to that village on the other side of the high hills. Arapegol said, "But we must go the fast way, those of us with the urban camels we ride going ahead, and the rest, besides the half giant who follows after us, with Gasha who would transform to that faster beast, so we can get there soon enough to look for where Kippedot would have gone with the amulet he must have taken."
All agreed with this approach which had been tried enough. When the urban camels hurried up the hill along the road leading to the pass, the riders saw to their relief that these animals handled the slope of the road well even as they still went quickly. The half giant went after them, pretty fast but not as quickly.. The riders were far ahead, coming toward the highest area along the road, before the shape of the great wolf started off with Klara in Arapegol's original body and Galvishar riding on the back of the beast.
Arapegol and the other riders each gave good attention to the urban camels they individually rode, and were treating them well. The urban camels in turn individually served the rider that each bonded with faithfully. They continued at a fast pace, and went over through the pass to the country further north, where they saw the distinctive appearance readily. There were an abundance of pine trees here. A small village was directly ahead, still some good distance beyond the hills, other distant villages were in view. Beyond there where the road led into the distance, there was a far shore to the north, and city barely seen so far away along it.
As they stopped at one place along the descent to the other side, to let the urban camels feed along the brush there, Arapegol said to the others, "This first village must be where Kippedot who we search for had gone. We must stop there to speak with any of those dwelling there who would talk with us, to find out if they are familiar with who Kippedot is and if they know where he stays."
Jaydeen said, "Yes. And those we find would likely not know anything of the amulet so it is good we have his name to ask about, and we won't ask anything with mentioning the amulet then."
The others agreed, and they shortly continued to ride on toward that closer village with the rapid pace of the urban camels.
When they were a little way outside the edge of the village, the riders dismounted from the urban camels, permitting them to feed along the hedges. They waited a while, and saw the half giant jogging toward them. Clearly even with more stamina she was tiring. Then a little later the great lupine beast that carried two riders came nearer, and before being significantly close the riders dismounted, and the beast gradually took the other shape that was recognized as the original form of Jaydeen. They came then the rest of the way by foot to where the riders and the half giant waited.
Gasha in Jaydeen's original body said, "We are here. Are all of us ready to enter the village to see if we can find out where Kippedot would be?"
Arapegol said, "Let's do this. We who rode will gather the urban camels and lead them on foot through the village. We all should spread out from one another, so any one of us can ask a villager encountered there about Kippedot without the rest of us there seeming like we might gang up on them. One who gets good information can notify the rest of us to let us know, after acquiring it."
The others understood, and they entered this village, each walking some distance from the others. They saw it was not crowded in the village now, there were not any out then but a couple of individuals walking somewhere in that area they were coming to.
One young man was closer to this spread out group, and he went in one way to make a wide berth around them. Iperanton who was closer said aloud to this one, taking a few steps closer, "Excuse me. I have traveled from Diodun and will still go on. I was told I would find my acquaintance Kippedot in this community, I would wish to see him before going on. Do you know of him, and where I could try to find him?"
The young man said, "Certainly. Most in this community know him. He is the high wizard's apprentice, and he is mostly with the high wizard in the fortified edifice there near the eastern edge of Gelpindeck, this major village."
Iperanton said, "Thank you very much, my man. That will save me much time in looking around to find him."
The young man continued swiftly on and was soon out of the area where these travelers who had come were. The other person that had been seen a little further away took a turn and was quickly gone from view.
Iperanton said to Arapegol and the few others near by, "Did you hear that? Kippedot is the apprentice to the high wizard of Gelpindeck, this village, that he says is the major village. That would be with him at the fortified edifice over there by the east side."
Arapegol said, "So this will be dangerous work, we need the amulet he took and we may have that high wizard to deal with. I think I and Iperanton should come near it and decide what approach might work before we bring any of the rest of you near it."
Others of the group were disappointed, but there was no argument to it being possibly dangerous to approach the premises of the high wizard. The others were willing to wait on the lawn at the village center, where the urban camels found green growth among shrubs they would browse on. Arapegol had looked at the book he brought along with the image of the needed amulet bookmarked, to clearly identify the amulet whenever it might be found. From there Arapegol and Iperanton went toward the east, where the tip of a high edifice was seen from there. They went a few blocks that way past homes and a few clustered markets, to where that edifice was in view. It presented a front appearing as a rather rectangular shape a bit longer left to right than it was high, the center with a front entrance though was a portion of a tower that reached higher and peaked with a pointed spire. There was a smaller tower with spire on the left corner of the building and another at the right corner. A great spacious lawn of grass was before it. On the right side was a small building with a door and a window seen in front of it.
Arapegol said to Iperanton, "I see no one watching out there for any approach. I will give a look at that small building. It is just the sort of home the high wizard's apprentice might have. I would leave you back here to watch, and if any would come and possibly see me do what you can to distract them."
Just then when Arapegol was speaking to Iperanton, a young man came out from that building and after closing the door behind him walked then swiftly to the main entrance of the greater building with the towers.
Arapegol said, "That must be Kippedot. So that is where he stays as the high wizard's apprentice. Unless he would have already given the amulet to the high wizard, it is most probably hidden in that small building he stays at when not being instructed. I am going there and will look, now."
That one who must have been Kippedot went into the main building there, and Arapegol hurried over to where that smaller one was.