|“||It was plain, even to Jezal’s unpracticed eye, that this was as much an army as a mob, and that someone down there knew his business. A great deal better than he did, most likely.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
From his command post, Colonel Jezal dan Luthar looks down on The Tanner’s supposely rag-tag rabble, which isn’t nearly as rag-tag as he was led to believe. More than forty thousand men, organised into neat rows, with messengers moving quickly between them indicates a level of know-how that’s more an army than a rabble. Major Opker, Jezal’s second in command, asks him how the men should be deployed. He is stuttering some barely plausible instructions, when Bayaz interrupts and orders the men deployed with expertise.
Three men detach themselves from the mob and ride toward The Union troops under a flag of parlay. Bayaz reassures Jezal not to worry. Inside the tent, the Colonel meets with The Tanner1 and his two “generals”, Goodman Hood and Cotter Holst. Jezal offers them the Closed Council’s terms. Goodman Hood declares them an insult; fewer concessions than offered before defeating Lord Finster. However, The Tanner interrupts his rant, and declares them acceptable. Hood is outraged at the betrayal of the revolt, but The Tanner and Holst merely shrug with indifference. As The Tanner leaves, he and Bayaz’ meet eyes for a long moment.2 Jezal is simply perplexed, but Bayaz reminds Jezal that the negotiation was long and arduous and only succeeded due to the Colonel’s firm hand.
|The Tanner||Jezal dan Luthar|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Keln||The Union||Closed Council|
- The Tanner has mismatched eyes, curious.
- The Tanner, what the hell? He's one of Bayaz’ minions. The whole game was to wait for Bayaz to show up with Jezal, and establish them as the saviour of the Adua. But why?