Rickert finds himself riding on the back end of a caravan fleeing from a small army of trolls. Rickert manages to hold them off from catching up with an (awesome) crossbow gatling gun, but the string is about to break from the wear. Things get more dire for the caravan when a dead tree in the road grinds the wagons to the halt. However, just as the trolls are about to overcome them, Irvine and his regiment of the Band of the Hawk arrive to save the day.
While the Band of the Hawk soldiers manage to slay the trolls with relative ease, the battle is not yet over. Alongside the trolls, apparently the commotion attracted a Cockatrice.
The chapter ends with Irvine firing a massive arrow into the Cockatrice's mouth, presumably killing it.
You can read the chapter online here.