|“||A hard man gazed back at him from the glass, and would not go away.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
After weeks of tramping through the cold and barren north, Colonel West, Dogman and the rest finally reach Lord Marshal Burr’s main army camp. Figuring it would be a bad idea for a bunch of Northmen to trudge into camp, they agreed West should explain matters to Marshall Burr first.
The pickets are sceptical of West’s ragged and savage looking appearance, but soon relent. Having bathed and shaved, West brings the grateful commander some reliable intelligence; Bethod’s forces are two days march to the south. Before he leaves, West introduces Sergeant Pike to the Marshall, claiming him as a member of the Stariksa levies, which Burr accepts without question. Outside Burr’s tent, Pike swears himself to West.
Next, West goes to the tent of his old friends from Adua. West pauses outside, wonders if he’s still one of them or something else? Inside he finds everyone including Jalenhorm playing a desultory game of cards; they no longer bet since Luthar isn’t among them. After catching up, West’s mind turns to Cathil, and he dashes off to find her.
At the Northmen’s camp, the crew are truly drunk. Threetrees can barely stand upright, Tul Duru is singing tunelessly1, and Dow is almost jovial. Cathil is nowhere to be seen, but West is directed up the hill. Heading in that direction, West hears grunting and moaning; it’s only Cathil and the Dogman mid-coitus.2 Equal parts hurt and angry, West stumbles away.
|Collem West||Lieutenant Kaspa||Bethod|
|The Dogman||Cathil||Jezal dan Luthar|
|Lord Marshal Burr||Rudd Threetrees||Logen Ninefingers|
|Pike||Tul Duru Thunderhead|
|Lieutenant Jalenhorm||Black Dow|
Locations and Terms Edit
- When Tul Duru is drunk, he is singing songs of the Bloody-Nine. Even in Red Country, Shivers says that all the old songs are forgotten, except for his.
- And so Dogman and Cathil pair off. Great surprise, well done, and it feels right; despite liking West, we love Dogman.