|“||How very appropriate. A temple to the making of money. Our own little religion.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Superior Sand dan Glokta reads a letter from Arch Lector Sult. He is tasked to investigate the disappearance of his predecessor, root out traitors in the city-council, and defend the city from the Gurkish at all cost. He has carte blanche from the Closed Council to take matters in Dagoska into his own hands. With the army committed in the north and unrest from the peasants in Midderland, he can expect little help.
He is met at the dock by Inquisitor Harker, who leads Glokta through Dagoska to seat of government. Walking through the city, he’s struck by the abject poverty of the black-skinned native people, and the absurd wealth of the white ruling elite.1 Harker provides a running commentary filled with ignorant bigotry as they walk; the Dagoskans are better off under The Union, but cannot be trusted and must be kept under The Union heel. Glokta is also intrigued that Valint & Balk have a presence in the city.
Before meeting with the city’s ruling council, Glokta assesses the state of the investigation into the death of his predecessor. Harker has beaten Davoust’s brown-skinned servants to death, and there’s little to gain from interviewing the only one left alive, Shickel. Glokta takes her into his own service, and dismisses Harker for his incompetence. Vitari is left to cleaning up the mess.
The city governing council are: the decrepit old Lord Governor Vurms; Carlot dan Eider, head of the Guild of Spicers; General Vissbruck; Korsten dan Vurms; and Haddish Kahdia, representing the native Dagoskans. They’re less than thrilled to see Glokta, especially when they learn he has been give full authority in the city. The Superior settles in for a long meeting about the condition of the city walls.
Locations and Terms Edit
|Dagoska||The Union||Kanta||The Gurkish Empire||Closed Council||Midderland|
|Valint & Balk|
- It’s interesting how the author continues to makes us empathise with Glokta. He is perfectly happy to torture a confession even from an old war buddy should it serve his purposes, but he's deeply offended by the abject racism in Dagoska.