We never had any choices! We had to pay the bankers! They loaned us the money, and we had to pay! We’ve been paying them for years! Valint and Balk, the bloodsuckers! We gave them everything, but they always wanted more!
Inquisitor Glokta and Lieutenant Jalenhorm serve the Guild of Mercers with the King’s writ of treason. After Practical Frost kicks in the door of the Guildhall, Glokta orders everyone arrested. He makes his way through the chaos to Magister Kault’s opulent office. Inside he finds Kault with a noose around his neck, prepared to die rather than be questioned. Before he takes a leap through the window, Kault admits to his treasons, but implicates other culprits - the bank of Valint & Balk1, the University, and unnamed members of the Closed Council. The Mercers perceived wealth is an illusion, they owe millions to the banks. Is this just the ravings of a man with nothing to lose or a true confession?