|“||Murcatto was chaos, and he wanted no more of her.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Monza and her crew head east towards Puranti, where Grand Duke Rogont’s army are retreating (as usual) from Visserine and The Thousand Swords. However, Friendly balks at continuing and announces he’ll be going back to Talins; he has had enough of Monza’s chaos. After reluctantly accepting a purse from Monza and everyone says their farewells, Friendly walks off west. However, he hasn’t left Puranti when a familiar voice greets him, familiar enough to make him smile; later revealed to be Nicomo Cosca.
While the doctor works on Shivers, Monza goes to the Imperial Bath-Hall where Duke Rogont has made his headquarters. She’s surprise to be immediately ushered-in to meet the Duke of Ospria, who is surrounded by flunkies. Rogont is bemoaning the fact that he always seems to arrive too late as he did for Visserine, but Monza will have none of it; Duke Rogont has intentionally delayed coming to the aid of his allies, planning to make himself the strongest partner in The League of Eight. However, his ploy has resulted in most of his allies now gone, and Duke Orso far too strong. One of Rogont’s flunkies takes umbrage at her bluntness. However, when Monza just mocks him, he goes for her, but ends up disarmed and dumped in the pool. Rogont has had enough, and orders everyone out except Monza.
As soon as they're alone, a dark-skinned woman appears as if from nowhere; Ishri, The East Wind, one of Khalul’s Gurkish Eaters.1 With Bayaz and Valint & Balk supporting Duke Orso, she is here to assist The League of Eight. Monza outlines her plan to lure Faithful Carpi into a trap and kill him, and then retake the captain general’s chair of The Thousand Swords, if Rogont can provide some soldiers and Ishri enough money she can make the mercenary company switch sides. Impressed, Rogont and Ishri agree.
|Ishri||Friendly||Shylo Vitari||Grand Duke Orso|
|Monza Murcatto||Castor Morveer||Khalul|
|Grand Duke Rogont||Day||Bayaz|
|Nicomo Cosca||Caul Shivers||Faithful Carpi|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Puranti||Styria||The Thousand Swords||Talins||Ospria||The League of Eight|
|Eaters||Visserine||The Gurkish Empire||Valint & Balk||Westport|
- Ishri was first mentioned in the very first book in the series The Blade Itself, as one of Khalul's dangerous disciples. However, this is the first time she appears.