|“||Hah! Just when did the Bloody-Nine bring anything but death along with him?||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
The Dogman watches The Union troops shuffle by, after yet another failed skirmishes with Bethod while probing for a way through to Carleon. Colonel West asks Dogman to take his crew north to try and find a weakness.
Striding back to his camp, Dogman finds his old crew sitting around the fire, except for Logen. As soon Dogman recounts their orders, Dow starts belly aching; soon The Union will give up and leave The North, and the rebel Northmen will be under Bethod's boot yet again. Dogman suggests things will be better with Logen back, but Dow just sneers; when has Logen ever meant anything but death? On the edge of the camp, Logen stands and listens. Logen squares up to Dow and challenges him, but Dow reluctantly backs down, this time.1 With Dow gone, Logen admits to Dogman that he was afraid.
Creeping through the forests, Dogman smells something on the wind when an arrow thunks into the tree beside his head. As they scramble for cover, a voice asks if they fight for Bethod. When Dogman confirms they don’t, a man emerges from the shadows, ringed by three children, each carrying a weapon larger than the other. Black Dow groans as he recognises the hillman2, Crummock-i-Phail3; a crazy loon.
Crummock explains that he’s looking for Logen Ninefingers. He recalls seeing Logen kill Shama Heartless. He believes Logen is “beloved of the moon”, which he worships, and wants to join them. He also has a plan to lure Bethod into a trap, using his hatred of Logen, Crummock, and the men around them. Dogman doesn’t like trusting this crazy loon, but the plan just might work. They’ll take it to Lord Marshal Burr and Furious.
|Rond||Collem West||Shama Heartless|
|Scofen||Logen Ninefingers||Lord Marshal Burr|
|Tul Duru Thunderhead|
Locations and Terms Edit
|The North||First Northern War||The Union||Carleon||Northmen|
- “Well? You need a learning, boy?” Logen. The only time in the complete series, where someone had the courage to call Dow as “boy”.
- The Northmen are uncivilised to The Union, but then the Hillmen are uncivilised to the Northmen.
- Crummock's introduction is foreshadowed in Tea and Vengeance and again in Bloody Company.