|“||Honour, eh? What the hell is that anyway? Every man thinks it’s something different. You can’t drink it. You can’t fuck it. The more of it you have the less good it does you, and if you’ve got none at all you don’t miss it. But some men think it’s the best thing in the world.”||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Glokta is on the great outer walls of Dagoska to examine the state of the siege. Breaches have appeared in the walls, soon the Gurkish will break into the Lower City. General Vissbruck tries to urge him that all The Union nobles and merchants should flee the city. However, Glokta points out that the Arch Lector has been very clear that flight is not an option. He orders Vissbruck to prepare to withdraw everyone to the Upper City, despite this meaning ceding the docks to the Gurkish, and cutting off all hope of retreat.
Next, beneath the palace, Glokta observes his Practicals torturing Shickel - blades, hammers, waterboarding, fire; she feels no pain, smiling all through the destruction of her body. Although the torture has had no effect, she chooses to tell her story to Glokta. She admits to being an Eater, forced to become one by Khalul’s priests who first made her eat her own mother.1 She doesn’t fear death, and knows she deserves it. She’s disgusted with herself, but she can’t stop, not least because Khalul’s will is inevitable; she believes him truly the voice of God. Khalul believes Bayaz murdered Juvens, and he is an avenger justified in following a dark-path.
Khalul has many Eaters. None are the same, each bestowed different gifts by consuming human flesh - some have strength, speed, and endurance beyond human limits; others still can take forms, or trick the eye, or use High Art like the Magi. The slaves captured by the Gurkish army are used to feed the Eater host, to keep them strong and create new ones. As she finishes her story, Glokta orders them to burn Shickel; if she wants to die, Glokta is happy to oblige.
Finally, Glokta meets with Cosca, and informs him of the plan to withdraw into the Upper City. Cosca, like Vissbruck, suggests withdrawal, but Glokta sadly says the King’s honour won’t allow it. Cosca just shrugs, desperate last stands are just his forte.
|Sand dan Glokta||Arch Lector Sult|
|Practical Shylo Vitari|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Dagoska||The Union||Kanta||Battle of Dagoska||The Gurkish Empire||Eaters|
|High Art||Order of the Magi|
- We still don't understand what is this innate ability that allows someone to become an Eater.