The brute "im strongest and smartest" Ryland suddenly become interested in what Caithe have to says, would make more sense hes "interview" the commander.
Same for Canach and the "little tengu girl".
This format of present events and add lore is subpar and repetitive.
It is forgivable in "forging steel", the dialogue between nicabar and ranoah because it is a artistic tribute to the clichés of the war films of the 80's.
Also in "forging steel" Ryland obstinated military leader, asks his companions to stop chatting........., so hes "changes" in the DRM and starting being talkative and "interviews" Caithe lolz.
-- Atlantean Sword --
The secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle, Conan. You must learn its discipline. For no one - no one in this world can you trust. Not men, not women, not beasts..." [Points to sword] "This you can trust."