Re: OOC: E-i-E - Ardent Emancipation
Well this mission shows a bit more of Kelaeon's "Get the job done" practical side...
It's not that he is cruel, it's just that the Emperor's assignment was free the doctor. Anything else is a luxury.
He views spearheading (not rushing off alone with no intent to slow down) as the practical option to eliminate initial defenses and threats while scouting, as the most viable compared to standing around waiting.
In regards to the lost Red Ackley his view is "Most likely dead, impractical to stay and look."