I will stop my progress and turn to regaurd the figures that stand in the water. Shifting my axe to my other hand across the front of me to ensure that the figures see it (though not wielding it in a threatening manner) I will attempt to communicate with the figures to discern their intentions.
"Oy! Good day to yeh. Kind of nasty weather yallv got around 'ere. That fog makes it kinda 'ard for a man ta see where 'es goin. Oy! hello birdy ye finally found who ye was lookin for eh? Is there somthin I kin help you folks with."
I will stay vigilant and watch for any sign that they have ill intentions towards me before I continue.