(Aaaaand... I can't let this keep going without a little DM intervention.)
(Kudos to Taylor and Fuggle for degrees of realism. Mike, the problem with Chiyome's action is that she was charging into inevitable suicide. Even if she were to assume the absurd luck she had was actually skill, the sheer number of lemures approaching-- Enough that not even entire buildings last more than a few seconds against them-- would spell certain doom for anyone willing to stay in their path. Moving in any other direction
is a sane move. Moving towards
them? A sign that you want to die
. Chiding Kishore for trying to not die, plus her general attitude thus far? They all suggest that Chiyome is anything but "kind to a fault," and is actually nothing more than a violent adolescent that's unhappy with the world about her situation.)
(Also, if you were to try to make the argument that Chiyome was attempting to be kind to Kishore by helping him fight, there are a few holes in that logic. Again, there's the whole suicide bit. Kindness should never result in suicide. She could yell at him to run away, sure. But there was really no excuse to approach the phalanx. Plus, given the multiple weapons and the armor, plus the general air of morale surrounding him, it's visually obvious that he was much better suited for the situation than she was. There were also multiple townspeople who also needed help and were not nearly as well-equipped as the bard was. Some were in a direction other than the phalanx (Of course, if enough exploring were done, you'd have found two other phalanxes...). The argument's also weakened by the fact that she's so virulently furious at him now, which suggests that she's not very kind-hearted at all. She even stole the man's flute as he was trying to play in memorial, and then effectively blackmailed a heal out of him!)
(I'm not trying to embarrass you or anything by calling you out here (Seriously, these paragraphs have been revised about five times trying to find the balance of "neccessary information" and "trying not to be insulting"), but this is something that needs to be addressed before Chiyome even meets a paladin. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to deny her a chance to walk down the crusader's path. However, nothing
in her conduct so far has been becoming of the paladin code. She's been angry, violent, prideful, narcissistic, petty, coercive, and arguably even sociopathic in her complete lack of noted compassion for all of her friends and family that are likely dead. These traits seem more fitting of a barbarian than a paladin. Now, this could just be a difficult time for her, and of course, the paladin's training should help further curb these vices, but should she continue acting like this as a paladin, you can expect frequent use of the Atonement spell.)(Moving on.)
The eerie silence (Which is admittedly less than silent, with all that yelling) is suddenly pierced by a shout.
"HAAAAAAALP! Anyooooone! Help meeeee!" It's coming from the near edge of the village, in one of the collapsed buildings. From the location and voice, it might be Garrit. Garrit was a farmhand who never found a wife. He was still at a marrying age, only about 30, but age and sickness took his immediate family, so he lived alone. He helped out a few of the other farming families, and in a sense, sort of belonged in everyone's family. To most of the town younger than the group, he was "Uncle Garrit." In any case, it sounds like he needs help.
"Or even worse are those times when I catch myself trying to twist his message to make it say what I want him to say, and then only hearing that. This can be a very subtle thing, and it is surprising how skillful I can be in doing it. Just by twisting his words a small amount, by distorting his meaning just a little, I can make it appear that he is not only saying the thing I want to hear, but that he is the person I want him to be." -Carl Rogers