|“||It must have come from his mother’s side of the family. Jezal supposed. His father had rather a weak chin. His brothers too, come to think of it. You had to feel a little sorry for them, he had got all the looks in his family.1||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Jezal dan Luthar is in his rooms getting ready for the opening ceremony and first of four bouts of The Contest. The only thing that settles his fretting nerves is admiring his noble jaw in the mirror. As he leaves, he finds a note under his door from Ardee telling him to meet him at midnight near Harod the Great’s statue.
Arriving at the Square of Marshals, he meets Major West in the tunnel. West tries to sooth Jezal’s anxiety, unaware that it is actually caused by his own sister. Jezal notices his main rival Bremer dan Gorst; a large, powerful and casually confident man, markedly different from the other lithe, stringy and nervous fencers.
Lord Chamberlain Hoff introduces the fighters. Jezal is matched against a man named Kurtis dan Broya. As the duel begins, Jezal’s early nerves disappear when he realises his opponent is far below his class. He defeats Broya with a casual arrogance.
That night, Jezal reluctantly celebrates with his friends. The group discusses the forthcoming war in The North, surprised by West’s words of caution against overconfidence. As he leaves, West pulls Jezal aside. Jezal, fearing he’s about to get punched, is relieved when West just lets him know that they depart for the war in four weeks.
Outside the bar, despite knowing that a relationship with Ardee is a recipe for disaster, Jezal heads to the rendezvous. Although he arrives late, Ardee is still waiting. She flirts with him, before the pair passionately kiss. Then she sashays away, having toyed with Jezal’s emotions, like a consummate man-eater.
|Bremer dan Gorst||Jezal dan Luthar||King Harod the Great|
|Kurtis dan Broya||Ardee West|
|Lord Chamberlain Hoff|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||The Contest||Square of Marshals||The North||First Northern War|
- A lovely bit of foreshadowing.