|“||Never in his life had Jezal seen a more brutish-looking man. Even Fenris the Feared had seemed civilised by comparison. His face was like a whipped back, criss-crossed with ragged scars.1||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Captain Luthar runs through Adua to his morning practice, his fitness much improved since committing himself to fencing. As he runs, his mind keeps turning to Ardee and ever changing fantasies about her.
Arriving at the fencing yard, Jezal finds West scowling. Recently, West and Jezal have not been on good terms, with Jezal convinced he is more deserving of an appointment to the Lord Marshal’s staff—he has excellent blood after all. And, of course, Ardee lurks between them. West informs him that Varuz has invited an audience to prepare him for crowd at The Contest. In attendance are High Justice Marovia, Lord Isher, Crown Prince Ladisla, Inquisitor Glokta, and even West's sister. As the duel begins, Jezal is self-conscious at first, but soon his skill and training take over, and dispatches the Major with little effort.2
After the match, Ladisla gushes over his skill, and Marovia is so impressed he offers him a role in the Justice department, while Glokta gentle mocks his previous intention to quit. Finally, Ardee approaches and asks why he’s been ignoring her. Rather that express his complicated feelings, Jezal flees in shame.
Later, standing guard duty on the south gate, the Captain finds the Lord Chamberlain’s man Morrow, and Yoru Sulfur waiting. Soon, Bayaz, Quai and Logen arrive for their meeting with the Closed Council. Jezal is perplexed by Bayaz, who strongly resembles the statue of Bayaz on the Kingsway. He is wary of the brutish-looking Northman, and insists on escorting them to the meeting. In the Lord Chamberlain’s office, are Hoff, Sult and Marovia to meet with a crazy old men and a Northman; strange times indeed. However, the door is firmly shut on Jezal.
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||The Contest||Closed Council||The North||Order of the Magi|
- "His face was like a whipped back" is such a great analogy.
- This is the first time we’re really shown a Jezal that’s capable and confident as a fencer.