The Lancers laboriously climbed the sides of the valley. it was quiet! Too quiet. It was only when they crossed the crest of the valley that they found out why. Then the tranquility was shattered by the clamour of 'Allah Akbar!' as the faithful Jafraynis came charging at them. A desperate struggle ensued, with the lancers barely able to get their lances into position. They took a number of the fanatical swordsmen down with them, but there were just so many of the tribesmen. In the end, they had no alternative but to flee back down from whence they came. They left the tribesmen cheering at the top of the valley!

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