Originally Posted by ReaderAt2046
Ok, a big plot point is that the coordinates the Sapphire Guard held for Girard's Gate were the wrong ones, but how is that possible? Soon was there when the gates were sealed in the first place. He would have known that the coordinates Girard gave him were false. Did Girard use some kind of Mind Twist to change Soon's memories of the gate? Is that even possible?
Have you tried to map a desert? Or even find that spot you were at years in the past in an environment that shifts around? It's not like they had the latitude and longitude of the place. He's also a Paladin, he's going to trust his companions because that's the Lawful Good we're supposed to believe is at play here. Also as others have said, Knowledge (Geography) and Survival are not class skills of the Paladin.