|Sand dan Glokta|
Superior of Dagoska
Superior of Adua
|Member of|| The King's Inquisition|
|Book(s)|| The Blade Itself |
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings
|“||Every man has his excuses, and the more vile the man becomes, the more touching the story has to be. What is my story now, I wonder?||”|
A former cavalry officer in the King's Own, Colonel Glokta was considered a rising star, especially after winning The Contest. He was a frequent womaniser and a possible future candidate for the title of Lord Marshal. This was brought sharply to a close when he was captured, imprisoned and tortured for two years by the Gurkish during The Gurkish War, one of the few prisoners to survive for so long in such a condition.
He now serves as an Inquisitor in the House of Questions, torturing perceived traitors for information, and anyone else who they think knows something. He is aided in this by Practicals Severard and Frost.
Glokta's visit to the Emperor's prisons has left him severely crippled, most notably in his left leg, which is prone to spasms of intense pain, possibly the result of muscle death or simply severe, repeated breakages. He has half his teeth, but where the teeth were removed above, they were left below, so that he cannot eat solid foods.
Glokta is bitter and whimsical towards life in general, often mocking his own condition, and views steps as his greatest enemies and chairs as his greatest allies. He often asks himself why he tortures others as he was tortured, rarely coming up with a satisfactory answer but carrying on regardless.
Throughout the series, his ruthless nature and sly ability to out-think his opponents means he survives many encounters, but commits many morally questionable acts, from wholesale torture to merciless slaughter. Perhaps Glokta's greatest asset is his lack of fear - at no point does Glokta act based entirely on fear, while others around him often scramble, making hasty decisions in the process.
The Blade ItselfEdit
Glokta's story starts with him torturing a member of the Guild of Mercers, Salem Rews, who supposedly dodged the King's taxes. Being friends with Arch Lector Sult, Superior Kalyne reports this to him, and Sult tells Glokta to further investigate this issue. He finds out all the orders came directly from Kault, head of the Guild, who tells him to look for treachery in the bank Valint and Balk. Glokta then meets Bayaz, first of the Magi, who Arch Lector Sult, convinced he is a fraud, wants him to watch.
Before They Are HangedEdit
Last Argument of KingsEdit
Charged with bribing and threatening Sult's way to victory for the upcoming elections to decide who will be the next King of the Union, Glokta pays visits to nobles around Adua whose vote he can influence, like the Lords Ingelstad and Wetterlant.