He could see the town gate from here. It was his only chance at escape. His legs burned, but he pushed past the pain. Sprinting faster than he ever had in his life, Kai leaped over the ruined gate and out into the Jade Thicket beyond.
Chest heaving and lungs ready to burst, he allowed himself a brief moment to hope that he might actually survive this nightmare. That is when he heard the twang of a crossbow and felt an impact on his back so forceful that it sent him face first into the dirt. He struggled to push himself up, to keep running...but his body did not cooperate.
The last thing Kai Jiang of New Everitt saw was the feet of the rat-like Venari as they surrounded his body.
—From Messenger, an entry in the Tome of CHAOS