|“||And blah, blah, fucking blah. The stench of self-satisfaction is becoming quite suffocating.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
With Sult indiposed, Goyle dead, and Vitari fled, Sand dan Glokta has taken unofficial control in the House of Questions. Returning to his chambers at the end of a long day, he finds his door slightly ajar. Inside sits a visitor, one he’s been expecting for some time, although perhaps not this man in particular. It is Bayaz — both Master Valint and Master Balk, the head honcho of the most powerful institution in The Union.
Bayaz admits to being the shadowy hand behind The Union, for hundreds of years. Khalul has his Gurkish soldiers and his Eaters, and so too must he. He admits to being behind The Tanner. And behind the murder of Prince Raynault, so he could place his own puppet on the throne, and prevent peace with the Gurkish. It was Yoru Sulfur, a shapeshifter and Eater himself.2
Bayaz hands Glokta the Arch Lector’s ring, and asks him to become his hand on the Closed Council, to keep things running on Bayaz’s behalf. Pondering casting off Sult, only to be ensnared by a new, even darker master, Glokta slips on the ring.3 Everyone has a master after all.
|Sand dan Glokta||Arch Lector Sult|
|Practical Shylo Vitari|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||House of Questions||Inquisition||Valint & Balk||The Gurkish Empire|
|The Tanner||Closed Council||Eaters|
- Glokta gets six chapters all called Questions throughout the series, and finally we get the payoff to the long-game with Answers.
- BOOM! Bayaz is behind the bank! Bayaz is behind EVERYTHING! He is the puppet master shifting the common man around the board like a pawn on the chessboard. He’s got an Eater on his team for goodness sake! For all his fancy talk of a noble quest and righteousness, all he really cares about is his centuries old personal feud with his rival Khalul and satisfying his egomania. Kudos to Abercrombie for coming up with such a compelling character as Bayaz.
- Glokta is accepting Bayaz’s offer, but Glokta is not like Bayaz at all, he’s interested in truth. Oh, he’ll do as he’s told, just as he did what Sult told him, but he’s already demonstrated a talent for interpreting his orders in a creative fashion and kicking against the traces.