Their joy is great at hearing the news, though it is hard to believe that He has finally come. She pleads with Tirian to save the living trees in Lantern Waste, which are being felled by Narnians for sale to the Calormenes.
A centaur, Roonwit, approaches and bows to the king. Roonwit declares that what he sees in the skies (for centaurs are gifted stargazers) is more terrible than he has ever seen. Tirian begins to question the dryad but is stopped when she cries out and falls over. Tirian immediately sets off with Jewel toward Lantern Waste.
As the two sit, a strange object rolls over the falls falling into Caldron Pool.
Using guilt tactics, Shift manipulates Puzzle into jumping into the pool and retrieving the item.
Shift also claims to be a very old man, and not an ape, and it is his age (and wisdom) that makes him worthy of being in Aslan's confidence.Puzzles struggles to bring the object back and delivers a lion skin (a remnant from a hunting excursion beyond the edge of Narnia) to Shift.Immediately, Shift states that Aslan has sent this skin and that Puzzle should wear it.The story of The Last Battle begins with a donkey, Puzzle, and an old ape, Shift, sitting on the banks of Caldron Pool on the Western Edge of Narnia beyond Lantern Waste.Puzzle has been convinced that he is not a clever donkey and that Shift should make all decisions in every matter of life.When the log became jammed in the mud, the Calormenes began beating the horse, which immediately spoke in its own defense.