|“||Your bed, your business, I suppose, as they say in Styria.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Glokta sits down surreptitiously on a bench by a duck pond beside an old man; Lord Wetterlant. Wetterlant is a conniving noble who plans to sell the four votes he controls to the highest bidder. Tearing off bread to feed the ducks, he asks for Glokta’s offer. Glokta offers him 15,000 marks, but of course Lord Barezin has already offered him 18,000 and an excellent stretch of hunting land. And, Lord Brock has upped the ante to 20,000 and a suitable match for his eldest son. And then, High Justice Marovia, via Harlen Morrow, offered 25,000. Glokta, almost choking with frustration, offers to match the High Justice, but needs to get back to Wetterlant about further compensation. Glokta takes his leave with the Lord smirking at his ducks.
Glokta goes to visit Ardee, and is surprised to find Jezal dan Luthar on his way out; a much rougher man than he remembers. Inside, Ardee is drinking but sobers when she realizes who it is. Glokta tries to point out how foolish a dalliance with Jezal is, but Ardee snaps back that in his youth Glokta had no concern for the virtue of his sexual conquest. Glokta reluctantly acknowledges its veracity. Off-hand, he asks where Jezal has been, and Ardee remarks that he has been in The Old Empire with Bayaz. Glokta twitches at the name and hopes that the Magus has no intention of tinkering in the election.
|Sand dan Glokta||Lord Barezin|
|Lord Wetterlant||Lord Brock|
|Ardee West||High Justice Marovia|
|Jezal dan Luthar||Harlen Morrow|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||The Old Empire||Order of the Magi|