|“||Wars are hard enough work without people fighting in the middle of ’em.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Somewhere south of the valley of Osrung, cynical rascal Corporal Tunny is sleeping peacefully in his hammock, after a heavy night drinking and hustling money from officers in the Union Army. Suddenly he is rudely awoken by his commanding office, First Sergeant Forest. Tunny groans as he sees that Forest has a shabby bunch of new recruits for the long-time veteran to take under his wing.
After introducing Tunny and his colourful career of promotions and demotions-in-disgrace, Forests warns the greenhorns never to play cards with the rogue. The new recruits introduce themselves: chubby-faced former weaver Klige; drafted former levy Worth in the throws of dysentery; ex-cobbler Lederlingen who’s name Tunny pretends to forget; and short freckled Yolk who actually volunteered much to Tunny's disgust.
Tunny is happily outlining his sardonic rules for surviving the war, when Bremer dan Gorst rides through camp and into General Jalenhorm’s tent. Moments later, Jalenhorm rushes out, shooting random orders in all directions. Tunny sighs and orders his underlings to carry his gear, including his stash of contraband; the division is on the move to secure the valley of Osrung.
|Corporal Tunny||First Sergeant Forest||Colonel Vallimir|
|Klige||Bremer dan Gorst|
Locations and Terms Edit
|The North||Osrung||Union Army||Battle of the Heroes|
- Neither Black Dow, nor Lord Marshal Kroy are viewpoint characters in this novel, even though they are nominally in charge of the armies involved. Instead we get to view the battle from the trenches, with Tunny here as something of a satirical comic relief, and in the next chapter the coming of age of Red Beck.