Twice now the Escort has been ambushed and twice the very ox themselves have been used as armoured battering rams! With the carts protected by Hearthguard, the Escort is a bonus 3 HG units to the defender even generating 3 additional SAGA dice!
'It is not the work of Heartguard to drive ox carts! this is the work of peasants! From this day forth the Escort shall be driven not by Hearthguard but by levy as is befitting. As levy the defense of each cart is unarmoured and unarmed also - with two drivers to each cart. Also, as the carts must be 'escorted' they need not be activated, but instead move with an escorting unit that starts it's move within 'S' of the cart.'