Two of the thieves climbed up into the cart, while a third kept his bow drawn taut on the driver. A fourth dropped from a branch above eye level, and gave the fifth, somewhere up in the treetops, a signal to keep lookout.
The guard fell from beside the driver, landing heavily on the forest trail, already dead. A chest thrown from the carriage followed, and then another, and then the first two thieves climbed down. They each dragged a chest into the thick ferns lining the trail, and disappeared.
The fourth bowed, and then he and the third followed.