Sneaky bastards, the lot of them
Some sovereigns prefer a different sort of tax from their subjects - whether freely given, or taken by force.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world
The heroes stop in a small town ready to restock their traveling supplies and feed for their animals. All of the villagers are starving, and there is no food to be had. If the PCs are quick witted, their noble steeds might be slaughtered for food.