|“||They have that most strange and dangerous of qualities. They think they’re in the right.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Superior Glokta skulks down by the water, joined by Practical Frost and a manacled and hooded prisoner. Frost pulls back the prisoner’s cowl to reveal Carlot dan Eider, now gaunt and haggard from the dungeons. Expecting death, Glokta surprises her by ushering her to a ship for Westport; she is free to go provided she never returns to The Union.1 She touches the Superior’s face in gratitude to say goodbye, and flees.
Atop the walls of Dagoska, the siege is in its third day. Wave after wave of Emperor’s soldiers has been turned back by Cosca’s forces, but they’re losing; the trench is being filled, and soon the Gurkish will have a clear run at the walls. Vissbruck expresses his admiration for the enemy’s courage and self-sacrifice, but Glokta and Cosca have fewer ideals. Now under bombardment, Cosca points into the sky where a massive boulder is about to crash into the city. As the Gurkish begin another charge, Severard suggests they find cover, to which Glokta agrees. The Practical furtively wonders why they haven’t been called home by the Arch Lector; they found the traitor, surely their work is done?
In the Great Temple, now used as a field-hospital, Glokta finds Kahdia who is tending to the wounded.2 The two discuss the situation; the Gurkish won’t stop coming and no help will come from The Union, so there’s little hope. Kahdia commits himself to prayer.3
Practical Vitari pulls Glokta aside to speak with him alone, and demands to know where Eider has gone. Glokta assures her that Eider is dead, sunk to the bottom of the sea. To Glokta’s surprise, Vitari facade come down and she tries to become complicit with him and lie to the Arch Lector, recognizing that Sult has left them hanging out to dry. However, Glokta does not budge.
|Sand dan Glokta||General Vissbruck||Uthman-ul-Dosht|
|Practical Frost||Practical Severard||Arch Lector Sult|
|Carlot dan Eider||Haddish Kahdia|
|Nicomo Cosca||Practical Vitari|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Dagoska||The Union||Kanta||Battle of Dagoska||Westport||The Gurkish Empire|
- Glokta spares Carlot dan Eider simply because Glokta admires her; she’s beautiful, smart, and shows him the respect of not cringing at the sight of his ruined face and mangled body. And he has a soft spot for desperate women.
- Glokta seems to go to the field hospital to see if he’s losing his edge. Looking at all the dead and dying without flinching, he realizes not really.
- Glokta notes that the differences in how the native Dagoskan's handle their dead, and The Union. The natives bury their dead, while The Union burn them with little ceremony.