|“|| Glokta: And what would these chests contain?|
Tulkis: Nothing. Except pride.
Chapter Summary Edit
Glokta gets a visit at home from Arch Lector Sult. Dagoska has fallen through some treachery (presumably Cosca), that Vissbruck killed himself rather than be captured, and most of the mercenaries were enslaved, but the native population was left largely untouched. Glokta now no longer has anywhere to be Superior over, so Sult dubs him co-Superior of Adua, a laudable title, but shared with Goyle. Glokta surmises Sult is pitting them against one another to find his who comes out on top, and the other dead. He then vents to Glokta about the situation in the countryside, where an uprising near Keln is being led by The Tanner. When Glokta offers immediately to leave for Keln, Sult forestalls him. The Emperor has sent an envoy to Adua to negotiate peace.
In the audience chamber, the Gurkish envoy is far more humble and authentic than Shabbed al Islik Burai. Tulkis wryly expresses his people’s disappointment that they did not find Glokta’s body among the dead in Dagoska. He goes on to explain that he is the Emperor’s envoy, not Khalul’s, and that things between the church and state are not as rosy as they might seem. Dagoska was harder to take than Khalul promised. The Emperor now desires peace. When Glokta argues that peace alone may not be enough for The Union, Tulkis offers a dozen scented and gold bound ebony chests to be delivered with his peace; empty chests. The Union can claim they contain whatever they like; more than the value of Dagoska itself, perhaps. Glokta agrees to take the offer to his superiors, promising nothing.
|Ambassador Tulkis||Sand dan Glokta||Nicomo Cosca|
|Arch Lector Sult||General Vissbruck|
|Shabbed al Islik Burai|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||Dagoska||Battle of Dagoska||Inquisition||Keln||The Gurkish Empire|