Dakhati was a soldier in the service of the Acoma. He was short and had a scar on his eyebrow.
Near the Kyamaka mountains, Wiallo returned to the caravan and warned Keyoke. As Keyoke and Dakhati pondered about an ambush and a rear force coming to block them, a scout came bringing news that a company of more than 100 soldiers is approaching, recognized by Corjazun as Minwanabi.
Wiallo told them about a narrow canyon that bandits used as a camp where the silk could be hidden, defendable by few men.
By moonrise Wiallo showed them the canyon; Keyoke felt that the Minwanabi were near and told Wiallo to hide in a slight overhang, and should the Minwanabi pass, Wiallo should run and bring the message to Mara.
As they reached the cache, they slaughtered the needra of the caravan and made a bulk of protection with their carcasses, and also cooked one of them. But soon they were attacked by Minwanabis and Keyoke ordered Dakhati to bring a relief unit to undertake the defence of the barricade. However the enemy made progress trying to crawl to pull away some of the dead, and to undermine their breastworks. Under orders, Dakhati put spearmen behind the first line to discourage enemies to pull at the breastwork.
During a brief withdrawal, the Minwanabi hurled a pack of rug to their barricade, which was actually the head of Wiallo, to intimidate them. The attacks continued for the day as the Minwanabis were slaughtered but also the Acoma numbers dwindled. Then, the enemies threw shields across the bodies of fallen comrades to enable them to leap over the top into the canyon and it was when Keyoke ordered a sortie.
On Keyoke's order, a log was hurled against the Minwanabi; the barricade gave way and Minwanabi soldiers fell forward, coupled with arrows from the Acoma until they were driven up the defile. As the day neared its end, 300 enemy soldiers were dead or injured.
Dakhati's company had continued their charge past all chance of retreat. Beyond hearing orders, Dakhati and his little band was intended on killing as long and as many as possible before death overtook his company. Of the 100 soldiers and 50 servants, fewer than 40 soldiers and 20 servants remained to serve
Despite their sacrifice, Keyoke was unable to send agents to the Acoma estates and warn Mara about the spy.