|“||’Cause what with all those Southerners to fight … and unknowable fucks like Whirrun of Bligh and this Crinna-Come-Boasting weirdness … and my own people treading all over each other … I’ve got about as much arse-ache as I need. Can’t stand for anyone playing their own games. Someone tries to dig my roots from under me at a time like this, well, I’ve got to tell you, things’ll get fucking ugly!||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Arriving at a stable outside Carleon where Black Dow has made his command post, Caul Shivers leads Calder into the presence of the Protector of the North himself.1 Black Dow lounges in Skarling’s chair with his perpetual killer grin, and his weapons in easy reach. He is surrounded by three of his five war chiefs; intolerably vain Glama Golden who is locked in a feud with notoriously stubborn Cairm Ironhead, and ugly as incest Brodd Tenways who has a bottomless hatred of Calder. Meanwhile, Dow’s loyal bodyguard Splitfoot looms at his shoulder.
After some back and forth banter, Dow gets down to business. After months of Lord Marshal Kroy moving slow and steady, the Union Army have changed tack and are now rushing north in force. Seemingly, Dow knows everything about their army’s movement, but he keeps how to himself for now. All the five Northern war leaders will move on Osrung to try and catch them off-guard, including Calder’s brother Scale and Caul Reachey when he’s finished his weapons take.
In addition, the gigantic savage Stranger-Come-Knocking, leader of all the tribes east of the river Crinna, has allied himself with Dow. Stranger-Comes-Knocking comes himself to seal the alliance, extolling his lust for violence. While everyone else cowers at the towering barbarian and the tales behind his various scars, Black Dow nonchalantly meets his eye and drily notes how Stranger could have easily avoided these injuries. However, he’s a potent ally, as long of Dow can deter him from trying fight famous warriors who are supposed to be on his own side.
The battle plan outline, the war chiefs are sent to work, and Caul Shivers is ordered to meet up with Curnden Craw and make sure he holds The Heroes. Meanwhile, Calder is free to join his brother, with a warning against plotting any of his usual mischief.
Locations and Terms Edit
|The North||Battle of the Heroes||Carleon||Union Army||Osrung|
- Interestingly Black Dow calls himself the Protector of the North, rather than the King as Bethod and Logen called themselves, though it's never explained why. He also seems to have mellowed out to some degree from the original trilogy.