After hours of outrunning bandits, you are now deep within the woods--much further than you have ever gone before. You’ve got a purse full of coin and a magic sword at your side, but neither will be very helpful if you cannot find your way back to civilization.
Thankfully you have your compass attached to your belt. With it you can guide yourself south. You should hit a road eventually if you keep walking that way...at least you hope so. Maybe you should have remembered to bring a map.