|“||Before you make a man into mud, make sure he’s no use to you alive. Some men will smash a thing just because they can. They’re too stupid to see that nothing shows more power than mercy.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
At the weapon-take, Calder meets with Caul Reachey, the father of his wife. After little banter, Reachey bluntly announces that Black Dow wants him dead. Dow rightly expects him to start scheming as usual, then he can to hang him fair. And with his daughter standing hostage for Calder, Reachey won’t stand in his way.
Calder trudges from the camp towards his brothers men with worry weighing on his shoulders. As he slogs along, he hears the sound of men following. It seems to confirm Reachey's words, so Calder immediately takes off running, until he flounders on his face in the thick mud. As two thugs approach to strike the killing blow, there’s suddenly the whoosh of arrows, and the pair drop down dead.
As Calder looks up from the mud, two men that he knows appear; brothers Deep and Shallow. These pair of mercenary killers have been watching out for Calder in the hope of riches. Shallow drags with him a third young thug who was watching the horses. The youngster admits that they were ordered to kill Calder by Black Dow most loyal war-chief Brodd Tenways. Calder briefly considers granting the young man mercy, before ordering him killed and dumped in the river.1
|Foss Deep||Black Dow|
|Forley the Weakest|
Locations and Terms Edit
- Calder recalls how in his youth he’d ordered a man killed on a whim, to his father's disappointment. This is obviously a reference to Forley the Weakest.