|“||Fear teaches you caution, and respect for your enemy, and to avoid sharp edges used in anger. All good things in their place, believe me. Fear can bring you out alive, and that’s the very best anyone can hope for from any fight. Every man who’s worth a damn feels fear. It’s the use you make of it that counts.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
The journey continues for Jezal and the rest of the crew, now through more broken country. To help pass the monotony, Jezal asks Logen about his combat experience. The Northman’s easy manner and sense of humour surprise Jezal.1 Logen relates three pieces of advice: first, try and look weaker than you are; never take an enemy lightly; and once you’ve decided on a path, don’t second guess yourself. Logen argues that then you’re halfway to surviving; the other half … "Luck."
In a deep gorge, they find their way blocked by a fallen log in their path. Logen is beginning to moving it when a man’s voice calls from above. Finnius is a soldier loyal to Emperor Cabrian tasked with finding them, and bringing them to Darmium. Bayaz gets annoyed and with a ripple of the air, men go flying, until he suddenly loses control. The world bends around Bayaz, then rights itself, and Bayaz falls from his horse.2
Meanwhile, Logen and Ferro try to deal with the remains of Finnius’ crew. Logen struggles with the last enemy, while Jezal is paralysed with fear, until Ferro helps him. The fight ended, Bayaz lays on the ground unconscious. Logen assume the leadership of the crew, ordering Jezal to find the horses. The arrogant young nobleman resists at first, but shamed by his failure to act in the fight, eventually bows to the older man’s experience.
|Finnius||Jezal dan Luthar||Emperor Cabrian|
|Logen Ninefingers||Brother Longfoot|
Locations and Terms Edit
|The Old Empire||Northmen||Darmium|
- This chapter marks the first baby steps in Jezal's change from an arrogant nobleman to something more human, who shows an actual interest in someone else.
- We’ve seen Bayaz sap himself of energy every time he uses the Art, but this is the first time we’ve seen him incapacitated entirely.