Gideon groaned, his eyes falling into a dull stare as he replied flatly. "Why yes, I did come back safely, thanks for your concern." Gideon certainly preferred the cooked meal in front of him to the trail rations he would've had to eat if Saraphina hadn't saved him a plate, and his appreciation showed. "What can I say, you're a lifesaver." He picked up his fork, giving a quick nod to Saraphina. "Much appreciated." He took his first bite as she asked him about the mission. Gideon's expression turned grim as he recounted the events that took place. "I did. There were less of them than I expected, but they were moving quickly, which is why my little trip into the woods took longer than I'd hoped. But more importantly..." He rested his head on his folded hands. "...Unfortunately, the rumors were true. It's them, alright...I saw the two of them myself. Bhaulf and Locus are heading towards this city as we speak." Gideon's eyes drifted downwards. He had the look of a man with a world of troubles weighing on his mind. "We can't intercept them before they arrive in the city, they're already too close. Once they're here, they'll most likely meet up with a sizable amount of reinforcements. They won't take on just any old job; this must be something big, which means they'll bring as many hunters as they can get...which is probably quite a few." He leaned back slightly, the gears turning in his head as the beginnings of a plan were just starting to form in his mind. "We'll need a lot of equipment if we want to have any chance at all. Fortunately, I think I know just the person to ask." Gideon let out an exasperated sigh, his shoulders slumping down a bit. "Come on, don't be like that. It's just...hmm, how should I put it? When you're in a fight, you can throw down with the best of them." He pointed his fork towards her. "Key words there. "In a fight." This wasn't a fight, this was a recon mission, and you've still got a thing or two to learn about stealth and infiltration. I know because I've seen you try it. Your camouflage is a little off, you make too much noise, and you don't cover your tracks properly. Remember that incident in the Haverpids Valley?" He took another bite of his food before continuing. "But...if you really want to come with me next time, I'm sure we can make it work. It just wasn't going to happen this time. This little scouting operation of mine needed a more...delicate touch."