Aloft - above

Muffled-quieted

Alley - a narrow road or path that leads behind a building

Tramp- the sound the soilders made when marching.

Tread- footsteps

Stealthy-sneaky; catlike

Sombre- dreary; gloomy

Impetuous- forceful or passionate

Spectral- like a ghost

Kindled-started a fire

Aghast-  horrified

Defiance- an act or challenge

Peril- danger

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