|“||I didn’t mean to… well. I owe you a lot, I know. It’s just that… you’re too angry for me. That’s all.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
In the command tent, Colonel West listens to Marshall Burr outline his battle plan to generals Poulder and Kroy. Bethod is encamped outside Dunbrec to draw The Union to war. The intelligence delivered by Dogman from Shivers lays out the distribution of Bethod’s forces. Kroy and Poulder question the source, but West assures them of its accuracy.
Burr orders Kroy to proceed down the road to Bethod’s forces to commit him to combat, while Poulder brings his troops through the trees to take Bethod in the flank. Burr will hold the calvary in reserve. The Marshall then warns them of rumours that Bethod has allied with unknown savages who may be a wild card in the battle.1 After the generals leave, West wonders whether they can be trusted to follow orders, but Burr assures him that neither would allow the other to receive all the glory.
After the meeting, West finds the Northmen and orders them to high flank of Poulder’s line the following day. He figures the crew deserves a rest after all the work they’ve done scouting Bethod’s forces; it will be the safest place in the battle.
As he finishes, Cathil approaches him. Although knowing it is unfair, he can’t stop himself from being angry and embarrassed. He demands to know why she chose the Dogman over him. Cathil awkwardly finishes the conversation by saying West is just too angry for her. As she walks away, West is choked with rage at the unfairness.
|Lord Marshall Burr||Caul Shivers|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Angland||The Union||First Northern War||Northmen|
- This is a clever bit of foreshadowing.