|“||You have compassion in you, but you have iron too. One cannot be a great leader without a certain … ruthlessness.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Lord Marshal Burr and Colonel West make their final preparations before springing The Dogman’s trap. Burr’s health seems to have improved, although he remains weak and burps as frequently as ever. West takes the opportunity to apologise for not getting the Marshal a surgeon during the battle near Dunbrec. However, Burr surprises him by agreeing with his actions; West did what needed to be done. They go on to agree that vote in Adua for the new King is good for no one, before dismissing West till the morning.
In their tent, West plays cards with his old friends—Jalenhorm, Kaspa, and Brint. They discuss the rumours of Jezal’s recent heroics and rapid climb in rank. But, West can only worry about the newly minted Colonel’s proximity to his sister.
The next morning, West goes to Burr’s tent to find him dead. No soon had Generals Poulder and Kroy paid their respects over the Lord Marshal’s coffin, than the pair begin planning life after Burr. Of course, they cannot advance until a new King is elected and new orders are sent. West is horrified; if they don’t advance, the Northmen will be massacred. Regrettable, the Generals agree, but unavoidable.
|Collem West||The Dogman|
|Lord Marshal Burr||Jezal dan Luthar|
|Captain Jalenhorm||Ardee West|
Locations and Terms Edit
|The North||First Northern War||Adua||High King of the Union||Union Army||Northmen|
- Burr comment that if West thinks the war in The North is ugly, then the goings on back in Adua will be uglier still. He turns out to be wrong. Once Burr dies, Poulder and Kroy are more concerned with positioning themselves as the new Lord Marshal, than with defeating the Union’s enemy, even if it leaves Dogman’s crew to die.