|“||He wondered if giving his coat to Ladisla had been the worst decision of his life. He decided it probably had been. Except for saving the selfish bastard in the first place.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
West labours through the bitter cold of Angland's winter, exhausted from Northmen’s punishing pace, and freezing having given up his coat to Prince Ladisla. At the crest of a hill, the Prince throws himself wearily to the ground for yet another rest. Ladisla, struggling to come to terms with the deaths of ten thousand of his men, admits that some of the blame should fall on him. West struggle not to scoff; merely some? Ladisla quickly moves on to shift the blame on the dead Lord Smund.
When Threetrees calls for the march to resume, Black Dow pulls West aside and offers to kill the laggard. West furiously warns him off, but Dow just finds the idea funny and suggests West might want to tread more carefully.
West sidles up to Cathil and asks after her well-being, especially being amongst such barbaric men. She’s fine, having been through her fair share of horrors before. She relates how the Superior of her first prison-camp forced himself on her. Also, Pike isn’t even really her father, merely a kind man who's tried to protect her.
Camped for the night, West asks Pike about his past. To West’s surprise he learns that Pike served in his unit under Colonel Glokta during the Gurkish war, though he looks somewhat different now.1 As West drifts to sleep that night, sandwiched between Cathil and The Dogman, he dreams of redeeming himself from failing to prevent the slaughter, by returning the Prince safely.
|Collem West||Prince Ladisla||Lord Smund|
|Rudd Threetrees||Black Dow||Sand dan Glokta|
|The Dogman||Tul Duru Thunderhead|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Angland||The Union||First Northern War||Northmen||The Gurkish Empire||First Gurkish War|
- This is one of the few hints at Pike real identity which is eventually revealed.