Superior Glokta takes a resigned pause at the door to the audience chamber, a cloth sack in hand, then limps into the room. Inside he finds Eider, Vurms, and Vissbruck waiting for him, and also to his seeming surprise Nicomo Cosca. Eider argues that Cosca is there to make sure they properly discuss the fate of the city. Glokta promptly dumps the bag out in front of them, revealing the severed head of the Gurkishemissary. Vurms immediately realises that Glokta knows he’s a traitor and panics. However, Eider calmly informs Glokta that Cosca’s soldiers have already opened the gates, and the city will soon be in Gurkish hands. It is then that Glokta breaks the bad news; Cosca has switched sides thanks to Glokta’s newfound wealth. Frost and the other Practicals take Vurms and Eider into custody, while Vissbruck is sent back to his duties. Afterwards, Cosca is impressed with Glokta’s ruthlessness, and even Vitari congratulates him for a job well done. But, Glokta just shrugs them both off.