Heroic Efforts, New Beginnings and The Traitor are the forty-fourth and forth-fifth chapters of Best Served Cold.
Chapter Summary Edit
Monza and her crew take refuge in a barn on the outskirts of Puranti, preparing to spring their trap on Faithful Carpi. Morveer hasn’t been getting on too well with his employer, so, with that Friendly gone, he decides he’ll take over the cooking. However, when he dishes out his meal to everyone they all looks at him with mistrust. Morveer protests that there are so many ways to poison them, he wouldn’t bother cooking a meal to do it. Shivers shrugs convinced, and happily starts eating. Suddenly, Ishri arrives, as usual as if from nowhere, much to Morveer's chagrin, loathing what he assumes is faked magic. Ishri announces that The Thousand Swords have arrived.
A short time later, Caul Shivers is in the mercenary company encampment, demanding to see captain general Faithful Carpi. When he's ushered inside, Shivers announces that he intends to betray Monza Murcatto for a share of the reward on her head. Carpi is initially awkwardly as this is the first time his senior officers have heard that Monza really is alive. However, he eventually agrees to allow Shivers to lead him to the barn where Monza is holed up; this being Styria, his treachery is accepted with very little doubt.
Meanwhile inside the barn, Morveer and Day are preparing new batches of poisons, having lost all their stock in Visserine. Morveer idly muses about whether they should betray Monza, and switch to Grand Duke Orso. Day face drops when he ponders finding a scapegoat to cover up their involvement in Prince Ario’s death. Fearing she will be the scapegoat as Monza suggested, she darts forward, and stabs him with a needle coated with the King of Poisons. However, Morveer quickly recovers from his shock, and springs at her a nicks her ankle with a needle of his own. As he reels away, he mocks her gullibility, the King of Poisons is actually harmless, a trick in case she ever poisoned him. He offers her the antidote for the poison which he claims was on the needle. However, as soon as she takes it instantly drops down dead. The nick was harmless, the supposed antidote was the real poison.
Seeking to flee, when Morveer looks outside, he sees Faithful Carpi and his crew of three score mercenaries charging at the barn. Suddenly, the Osprian soldiers spring from their cover and open fire with flatbows. Meanwhile, Ishri joins the fray, using real magic against the mercenaries, which causes Morveer to completely lose the plot. In the ensuing chaos, Morveer finally flees.
|Monza Murcatto||Grand Duke Orso|
|Caul Shivers||Prince Ario|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Puranti||Styria||The Thousand Swords||Visserine||Ospria|