Thorn nudges you with his claw to get your attention and directs your eyes towards the fight.
"Here she goes," Thorn whispers.
The earth pony Gold Heart has been matching blades with seems to be having trouble keeping up. Gold Heart steps aside from his slash and the earth pony takes a magic bolt to the face. The pegasus making dives at her flies in for another attack and catches one of her wings on Gold Heart's blade. Gold Heart leaps into the weight of her swing, throwing the pegasus off balance and twirling towards the unsuspecting unicorn. He tries to put up a magic barrier, but it's only half-formed before the pegasus knocks into him.
Gold Heart takes a deep breath and the sword drops from her mouth.
"Silky Smooth, you're swings are too predictable and you're easy to train into making the wrong move," she starts to rattle off as she approaches you. "Rain Right, you're going to need to be a little more quiet on your approach and get used to having someone attack you with everything they've got. Hot Mess, you're spells and aiming are getting better, but your reaction time is off."
Gold Heart stops a foot in front of you.
"And you," she says prodding your stomach with her hoof. "You're late."
You explain your chat with Celestia about the maps, leaving out the bit about Luna, and that you're going on patrol with Baron.
"Patrol?" she raises a brow. "You're training comes first and foremost. I doubt you'd even be ready for a patrol. The Diamond Dogs would make you into a quick meal and gnaw on your bones for a snack."
"It is at my request, Ambassador," Baron chimes in. "The human was helping out with duties around the camp. I was just giving him work to do."
"He is NOT your concern," Gold Heart snaps as she trots over to Baron. "If you want to take someone with you on patrol, take on of the others. They've been properly trained and will prove more than capable."