Kaelin’s gut reaction is that this man probably deserved his beating. He certainly lied about the cause of the attack. Perhaps his peddled medicines were not as advertised. He gives the man a wary glance. Do they really want to accompany him to the caravan? Although he is hurt, and abandoning travellers by the road side is an ill-manner thing to do.
He speaks up softly, more to his companions than Archibald. “I can navigate us through the marsh easy enough. He is correct that it would be less effort for the majority.” The offer hangs as a question for the others to decide on.