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True. But isn’t it getting a little late in the day for your papers and so forth anyway? The Gurkish are coming, remember? If you’ve scores to settle, get them settled now, before our Kantic friends tear up all the bills. When plans fail, swift action must serve, eh, Superior? Time to laugh in your enemy’s face!

Nicomo Cosca

Sacrifices is the forty-fifth chapter in Last Argument of Kings.

Chapter Summary Edit

Logen and his men enter the city, where confusion reigns among the Union Army. Without an assigned objective, Ninefingers decides to press on toward the Agriont. As they walk, The Dogman falls back to urge Shivers to forget his beef with Logen, but the young man wonders if it is possible.

In the sewers beneath the city, Glokta reaches the exit near the House of Questions. As payment for his guidance, Brother Longfoot pleads for his freedom. The Inquisitor agrees, what harm could there be in it? Glokta then orders Cosca and his men to change their clothes into Practicals of the Inquisition. Ardee will act as their prisoner.

At the docks, Lord Marshall West is finding the chaos of the battle impossible to coordinate, reduced to simply looking the part. What’s more, he cannot make contact with General Poulder. In the harbour the battle rages, marked by Union and Gurkish ships, but also another unfamiliar fleet. The largest of those ships sits at the docks, and disembarking from it a group of black clad guards. In their midst is magnificent nobleman. He marches straight up to West and announces himself as Grand Duke Orso of Talins, here to protect his daughter the Queen. He offers the Lord Marshall ten-thousand of his best troops and assures him the western district will no longer be a concern. As the Grand Duke leaves, General Poulder finally arrives – dead, having been at the front of his bold charge.

Meanwhile, Glokta barges into the Arch Lector Sult’s office, ignoring the protests of his master’s assistant. Inside, Superior Goyle sits at the Arch Lector’s desk, trying out the big seat. Glokta immediately orders Goyle bound and sets to work on him. Goyle’s trousers are barely around his ankles, when he admits Sult is at the University. He has been working the Adeptus Demonic, Administrator Silber, on occult rituals to contact The Other Side. They plan to bring the Demons through and send them against Bayaz and the King.1 With the Superior’s confession in hand, Glokta marches off to the High Justice.

Atop the Tower of Chains, Jezal paces. Below them in the square, the Gurkish continue to advance. Amongst the horde, curious figures move wearing pearly white armour edged in gold. As barrels of blasting-powder are rolled towards the Agriont wall, Marovia urges Jezal to retire inside. Things are about to get a whole lot worse.

At the High Justice’s office, Glokta attempts to present Goyle’s confession to his third suitor. However inside, Marovia’s body parts are cast about the office, gnawed here and there, and preserved in ice. Cosca sidles up to the despondent Inquisitor, and urges him that now is the time to laughing in his enemies face. And off they march to the University.

Characters Edit

Introduced Appeared Mentioned
Grand Duke Orso The Dogman Brother Longfoot Queen Terez
Sand dan Glokta Nicomo Cosca Arch Lector Sult
Collem West Ardee West Administrator Silber
Jezal dan Luthar General Poulder Bayaz
Logen Ninefingers Superior Goyle
Caul Shivers High Justice Marovia

Locations and Terms Edit

Adua The Union Battle of Adua Union Army Agriont House of Questions
Talins The Gurkish Empire University The Other Side Inquisition Tower of Chains
Demons Gunpowder Magic

References Edit

  1. Sult meddling with the occult always seems quite a leap. The entire time he’s been the skeptic about Bayaz and Magic. And now, he’s collaborating with the University to pull demons from the Other side to defeat his enemies. There's plenty of hints at the University but few hints of magic, only the one being in The Hero’s Welcome where Sult is already well aware of Eaters.


Chapters in The First Law
The Blade Itself

Part 1

Prologue: The End ▪ 1. The Survivors ▪ 2. Questions ▪ 3. No Choice at All ▪ 4. Playing With Knives ▪ 5. Teeth and Fingers ▪ 6. The Wide and Barren North ▪ 7. Fencing Practice ▪ 8. The Morning Ritual ▪ 9. First of the Magi ▪ 10. The Good Man ▪ 11. On the List ▪ 12. An Offer and a Gift ▪ 13. The King of the Northmen ▪ 14. A Road Between Two Dentists ▪ 15. Flatheads ▪ 16. The Course of True Love ▪ 15. How Dogs are Trained ▪ 16. Tea and Vengeance
The Blade Itself

Part 2

▪ 17. What Freedom Looks Like ▪ 18. The King’s Justice ▪ 19. Means of Escape ▪ 20. Three Signs ▪ 21. The Theatrical Outfitter’s ▪ 22. Barbarians at the Gate ▪ 23. Next ▪ 24. Better than Death ▪ 25. Sore Thumb ▪ 26. Questions ▪ 27. Nobility ▪ 28. Dark Work ▪ 29. Words and Dust ▪ 30. The Remarkable Talents of Brother Longfoot ▪ 31. Her Kind Fight Everything ▪ 32. She Loves Me ... Not ▪ 33. The Seed ▪ 34. Never Bet Against a Magus ▪ 35. The Ideal Audience ▪ 36. The House of the Maker ▪ 37. Nobody’s Dog ▪ 38. Each Man Worships Himself ▪ 39. Old Friends ▪ 40. Back to the Mud ▪ 41. Misery ▪ 42. The Bloody-Nine ▪ 43. The Tools we Have
Before They Are Hanged

Part 1

▪ 1. The Great Leveler ▪ 2. Best Laid Plans ▪ 3. Questions ▪ 4. The Wounds of the Past ▪ 5. The Condition of the Defences ▪ 6. The Thing About Trust ▪ 7. Allies ▪ 8. Campfire Politics ▪ 9. Small Crimes ▪ 10. Rain ▪ 11. Bloody Company ▪ 12. Long Shadows ▪ 13. And next… My Gold ▪ 14. Fear ▪ 15. One Hundred Words ▪ 16. The Blind Lead the Blind ▪ 17. Prince Ladisla’s Stratagem ▪ 18. Until Sunset ▪ 19. Long Odds ▪ 20. The Road to Victory ▪ 21. Necessary Evils ▪ 22. Among the Stones ▪ 23. The Fruits of Boldness ▪ 24. One for Dinner ▪ 25. One of Them
Before They Are Hanged

Part 2

▪ 26. Heading North ▪ 27. Scant Mercy ▪ 28. So This is Pain ▪ 29. One Step at a Time ▪ 30. The Rest is Wasted Breath ▪ 31. A Matter of Time ▪ 32. Scars ▪ 33. Furious ▪ 34. To the Last Man ▪ 35. Jewel of Cities ▪ 36. Luck ▪ 37. Beneath the Ruins ▪ 38. No Good for Each Other ▪ 39. The Hero’s Welcome ▪ 40. Cold Comfort ▪ 41. The High Places ▪ 42. Coming Over ▪ 43. Cheap at the Price ▪ 44. To the Edge of the World ▪ 45. Before the Storm ▪ 46. Questions ▪ 47. Holding the Line ▪ 48. A Fitting Punishment ▪ 49. The Abode of Stones ▪ 50. Back to the Mud
Last Argument of Kings

Part 1

▪ 1. The Poison Trade ▪ 2. Being Chief ▪ 3. This Noble Business ▪ 4. The New Man ▪ 5. Feeding Time ▪ 6. So Much In Common ▪ 7. Honesty ▪ 8. Ghosts ▪ 9. Bad Debts ▪ 10. A Ragged Multitude ▪ 11. Beloved Of The Moon ▪ 12. Flowers And Plaudits ▪ 13. Too Many Knives ▪ 14. Best Of Enemies ▪ 15. Fortunes Of War ▪ 16. The Kingmaker ▪ 17. The Trap ▪ 18. Horrible Old Men ▪ 19. Prepared For The Worst ▪ 20. The Habit Of Command ▪ 21. The First Day ▪ 22. Such Sweet Sorrow ▪ 23. Picked Up A Shadow ▪ 24. Questions ▪ 25. The Fourth Day ▪ 26. The Perfect Couple ▪ 27. The Seventh Day ▪ 28. Too Many Masters ▪ 29. Sweet Victory ▪ 30. Rude Awakenings
Last Argument of Kings

Part 2

▪ 31. The Number Of The Dead ▪ 32. Leaves On The Water ▪ 33. Authority ▪ 34. The Circle ▪ 35. Greater Good ▪ 36. Skarling’s Chair ▪ 37. Leadership ▪ 38. A Rock And A Hard Place ▪ 39. Charity ▪ 40. Better Left Buried ▪ 41. Tomorrow’s Hero ▪ 42. Nightfall ▪ 43. Questions ▪ 44. The Day Of Judgement ▪ 45. Sacrifices ▪ 46. Open The Box ▪ 47. Dark Paths ▪ 48. Reckoning ▪ 49. After The Rains ▪ 50. Answers ▪ 51. The Wounded ▪ 52. Patriotic Duties ▪ 53. The First Law ▪ 54. Tea And Threats ▪ 55. Behind The Throne ▪ 56. Good Men, Evil Men ▪ 57. Not What You Wanted ▪ 58. Loose Ends ▪ 59. The Beginning
Best Served Cold ▪ 1. Benna Murcatto Saves a Life ▪ 2. PART I: TALINS ▪ 3. Talins Chapters 1 ▪ 4. Talins Chapters 2 ▪ 5. Talins Chapters 3 ▪ 6. PART II: WESTPORT ▪ 7. Westport Chapters 1 ▪ 8. Westport Chapters 2 ▪ 9. Westport Chapters 3 ▪ 10. Westport Chapters 4 ▪ 11. PART III: SIPANI ▪ 12. Sipani Chapters 1 ▪ 13. Sipani Chapters 2 ▪ 14. Sipani Chapters 3 ▪ 15. Sipani Chapters 4 ▪ 16. PART IV: VISSERINE ▪ 17. Visserine Chapters 1 ▪ 18. Visserine Chapters 2 ▪ 19. Visserine Chapters 3 ▪ 20. Visserine Chapters 4 ▪ 21. Visserine Chapters 5 ▪ 22. Visserine Chapters 6 ▪ 23. PART V: PURANTI ▪ 24. Puranti Chapters 1 ▪ 25. Puranti Chapters 2 ▪ 26. Puranti Chapters 3 ▪ 27. Puranti Chapters 4 ▪ 28. Puranti Chapters 5 ▪ 29. PART VI: OSPRIA ▪ 30. Ospria Chapters 1 ▪ 31. Ospria Chapters 2 ▪ 32. Ospria Chapters 3 ▪ 33. Ospria Chapters 4 ▪ 34. PART VII: TALINS ▪ 35. Talins Again Chapters 1 ▪ 36. Talins Again Chapters 2 ▪ 37. Talins Again Chapters 3 ▪ 38. Talins Again Chapters 4 ▪ 39. Talins Again Chapters 5

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