The portalsnake doesn't keep Azan from winning its war.
They take prisoners. One of them is not going to catch Maki's eye.
"Just Iral he should work, and he has to sleep, too."
"At home you'd want three mages for this. And I'm doing translation at the same time. At home this kind of thing would never cost less than five hundred rings a day but I don't know how your currency works."
"How far does a ring go?"
"A tenth of a pound of honey or the answer to a very easy question or having someone lift a couple of things and put them somewhere close."
"Would five hundred rings cover all three mages' wages or just one?"
"Would enough for you and Maki to live on plus a little extra be sufficient?"
"I can pay you that to start with."
"Is there anything else you'll need?"
"I can't think of anything right now."
"Let me or Dama know if anything comes up?"
"Make sure Maki takes care of himself, please."
"Thank you. You can go now."