Vanessa nods slowly as she studies him, her expression showing faint interest and a touch of relief- probably that her question didn't appear to offend. "I see. And yes, I had noticed the similarities but did not wish to assume... When I was younger and new to my role as Herald, I was meeting with merchants and assumed that one of them was a halfling due to her size and athletic nature. She was in fact a gnome and... displeased by my mistake," Vanessa explains with a self-deprecating chuckle. "There were four orcs with the merchant caravan we paid to-" She cuts off suddenly, her eyes widening noticeably with shock. Without a word, she bolts to her feet as she rushes towards the wagons.
A few seconds ago, back in the camp proper, Ashleigh was in the midst of checking over the two hunting dogs in preparation of heading out for the day when she happens to glance upwards to check for clouds or the like. Marzon, Biggen and Alanus catch an abrupt movement in their normal 'check one's surroundings' routine, zeroing in on the suddenly intently still Ashleigh. She's just kind of spacing out, but given that they're trying to observe weird behavior in the pilgrims that might be something to make note of happening. Before they can decide whether to mention it discretely to anyone else, the entire camp bursts into motion.
Not a word is shared among the pilgrims but they all start to get the wagons moving, not bothering to repack anything that isn't already in hand. At the campfire, Rowan and Deidre abandon breakfast and run towards the wagons without a word even as Herald Vanessa rushes towards the lead wagon herself. Distracted as they are by all this, Marzon and Biggen both glance towards where Ashleigh had been staring and notice a... robin? Or a, jackdaw, no, ummm, a cardinal? Some kind of red bird, pretty high up, he can barely see it but why would that cause... all of this? Getting closer/bigger kind of rapidly though... huh... really rapidly...
Seriously though, what in the hells is up with the pilgrims?
[ @Impossible-Mission-A I'm not sorry. Fast reactions only, we're not in rounds yet but time is being tracked]