|“||The time to raise objections to my parentage, or my person, or to any other facet of our situation, was before you became Queen of the Union! Despise me all you wish, Terez, but you… go… nowhere.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
King Jezal dan Luthar sits in a meeting of the Closed Council, where tempers are frayed as the Gurkish get closer and closer to Adua. Lord Marshal Varuz presents the situation; it's grim. The Gurkish may be outside the gates of Adua within the week, with 50,000 troops already en-route, and more landing every day. Without Lord Marshal West’s army which will take a month to return, The Union's strength is just 10,000. Only a few of the nobles have sent any levies, thanks to Lord Brock’s machinations.
Bayaz demands that every citizen willing and able to fight must be given a weapon. However, he balks at Hoff’s suggestion the Closed Council should evacuate, and Jezal echoes him. However, when Bayaz suggests they abandon the outer walls, in favour of the shorter inner wall, Jezal outright refuses; they must fight for every inch of Adua. The Closed Council is uncomfortable seeing the King testing his limits with Bayaz, but no one challenges his order. Meanwhile, the Inquisition is torturing anyone with Kantic blood in search of spies, much to Marovia’s chagrin.
Later, Gorst pulls the King aside with a delicate matter regarding Queen Terez. In their rooms, Jezal finds her and her ladies packing to flee Adua for Talins. He insists that she cannot leave. When Countess Shalere, the Queen’s closest confident, gets in Jezal’s face, he responds by backhanding her to the floor.1 He is the King, and will not be spoken to like that. Shalere and the other ladies may leave, but the Queen cannot.
|Countess Shalere||Jezal dan Luthar||Collem West|
|Lord Marshal Varuz||Lord Brock|
|Lord Chamberlain Hoff|
|Arch Lector Sult|
|Bremer dan Gorst|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||Battle of Adua||Closed Council||The Gurkish Empire||Inquisition||Kanta|
- Jezal stands up for himself against the unreasonable and cruel Queen and her pampered ladies-in-waiting. It's interesting that we condemn Collem West for striking his sister in Nobody’s Dog, while Jezal backhanding his wife's friend seems justified.