I have played through the game a few times now and I just happened to read someone saying that you should escape from battle. What?!
I had no idea that there was even an option to escape from battle and have had so many unfortunate game overs on Evil or Chaos that just didn't need to happen. Does the game actually cover this, or are you supposed to actually read the manual or something?
Seriously, I feel so dumb to not have realized this. ;)
This also makes the Fur of the Gong quest slightly more reasonable, stupid fur...
"We do not stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing." -- George Bernard Shaw
I don't recall the game ever telling you about it, no. Considering the rather unorthodox way that you run (who thinks "Mash against invisible wall at the edge = run?"), I think its a definate mistake that the game never tells you how to do so. The game is pretty good at explaining other stuff, even semi-advanced battle tactics like dashing forward to extend enemy stun time, so the fact that it ignores a basic thing like running is even worse.
I believe there is a brief mention in the manual though.