|“||’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's surrounded by three of his five war-chiefs; intolerably vain Glama Golden locked in a feud with notoriously stubborn Cairm Ironhead, and ugly as incest Brodd Tenways. 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 are now rushing north in force. Dow seemingly knows everything about their army’s movement, but he keeps how to himself for now. All five Northern war-chiefs will move on Osrung to seize the high-ground, including Calder’s brother Scale and Caul Reachey when he’s finished his recruitment drive.
Meanwhile, the gigantic Stranger-Come-Knocking, leader of all the savage tribes east of the river Crinna, allies himself with Dow. Stranger-Comes-Knocking extols his lust for violence and the tales behind his various scars, while everyone cowers at the towering barbarian. All except Black Dow, who nonchalantly comments drily on how the scars could have easily been avoided. He is however a potent ally, as long of Dow can stop him trying to fight famous warriors who are supposed to be his allies.
With the battle plan outlined, the war-chiefs are sent to work, while 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 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 like Bethod and Logen called themselves. It's never explained why, but it's some indication that he doesn't mean to be an autocratic ruler. His personality also seems to have mellowed out to some degree from the original trilogy.