Listening to the men and women begin to go about their work, Jarl Kormakr the Black
starts to speak once more, heartened by - so far - by few open disagreements.
"Then it is settled, and I welcome both your proposals, Sif Oddsdotter, and that of Eirikr: that those captains who set sail would do well to leave their livestock and settlers on the beach while they scout; it will be easier on both, and aid our speed in making secure the camp, and in the reconnaissance. Use of the horses for the scouts inland will also hasten matters. I will leave the mark for each brand to each captain."
The Jarl turns then to each man who has spoken. Anders, Karl, Orvar, Hælæif Half-Shirt, Thorkell, Gudmundr, Rogeirr, Copperhead, and Jóhannes.
"I salute the readiness of this fleet to get to work, and to make this land known to the Norse. Should any man have any need of a word before work commences, he need only speak with me or my second."
"As for you captains making sail, and hunters and scouts heading inland, I would say the following: we must be on our guard. Our priority for the moment is to find what we need to survive - freshwater, food, and a more secure camp. There is a chance you might soon discover some skraelingar or other inhabitants here; and there is a good chance they will prove hostile. But for the moment, it is information, not battle, we require. If attacked, we will prevail, but at the moment we are at our most vulnerable - we cannot allow any strangers to know it."
He marks then the Red Snake
on the shore, her mast broken.
"As a final note: I shall shortly name the captain of the Red Snake, and her repairing will add another seaworthy longship to our fleet. We should not forget the skill and size of these longships, built specifically for this great voyage. They shall navigate by the stars, but we must learn them. Therefore, if there are men among your crews learned in watching the stars, I would ask you volunteer them, and men with skill to draw these stars also."
"With enough time and study, we shall discover and name this night sky as our own homeland's. Captain Hubèrt, I do not know if your own education would aid us in this endeavour; but men of all faiths can aid us here."