XV. A man hunting for fowl heard Morthala's tale and witnessed Nilweena's perfidy from his hiding place in the bushes. The man, Osbert, believed himself to be a fine archer, and had always chafed when martial honors went to sworsdmen and spearmen instead of those who wielded the bow. Thus he wished to supplant Nilweena and grasp her title for his own, that others might learn of archery's potency. So he let fly, and peppered the nymph with his shafts.