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I loved to sit at the top of the fire, to look at men and see their fear, to have no man dare to meet my eye, but it got worse. And worse.

Logen Ninefingers

Scars is the thirty-second chapter in Before They Are Hanged.

Chapter Summary Edit

Ferro gently removes Luthar’s stitches. Logen compliments her on her skills and asks where she learned. Ferro’s tale is typically pleasant; she fuck a man named Aruf to get him to teach her. With the wind taken out of his sails, Logen turns to Luthar and admits the injury isn’t pretty, but Luthar takes it in stride, something of a changed man.

Meanwhile, around the fire Bayaz is having a heated argument with Quai. In the end, Quai asks if Bayaz has never made a mistake. Bayaz obliges, recounting the story of his greatest error with Juvens and Kanedias. Bayaz was Juvens first apprentice who taught him his skills in High Art. But soon, Juvens took a second — Khalul. From the beginning they argued, then became rivals, then feuded, and then hated, too proud and jealous of one another, even as Juvens took more apprentices, twelve in all. After the horrors of the war with Glustrod, Juvens interceded lest they kill each other, and sent them away; Bayaz to the north and Khalul to the south. Juvens hoped it would cool their tempers, but it only made matters worse, with each plotting revenge.

Desperate for more power, Bayaz sought another master—Kanedias. Bayaz’ skill in the High Art was useful to Kanedias, but the Maker was far more jealous of his secrets than even Juvens had been. Bitter at what the Maker would not teach him, Bayaz hunted the House of the Maker for his secrets on his own. And he found the Maker’s greatest secret—his daughter Tolomei. She was made to help her father in his work, handling materials only his blood could touch. She was beautiful too, and she and Bayaz became lovers. She told him all her father's secrets. Kanedias had gathered material from far and wide, fragments from The Other Side, left behind from the time of Demons. He would incorporate them into his otherworldly artefacts; breaking The First Law. When the Maker returned and found them together, Bayaz fled, barely escaping with his life. Bayaz found sanctuary with his old master Juvens, and told him of the Makers secret. Kanedias followed seeking justice for the defiling of his daughter. However, Juvens would not turn Bayaz away and the brothers fought. When Bayaz returned, Juvens was dead. Swearing vengeance, Bayaz gathered the Magi from across the world and made war on the Maker. All of them, but Khalul who refused.

His story done, Bayaz pulls down his robe and shows a scar across his neck, where the Maker nearly killed him. Longfoot, never one to pass up a chance to boast, shows his own scar where a giant fish bit him. Luthar scoffs and suggests surely Logen has worse yet. Hesitant to tell his story, Logen first tells them how he lost his finger outside Carleon, and then how Harding Grim put a spear straight through his gut. When Bayaz asks how Logen survived, he admits to his blackouts as the Bloody-Nine. It first happened when he was fourteen and he killed a childhood friend. Years later he tried to stab his father while they were eating; he has no idea why. And then he went to work for Bethod, and it got worse. The others are shocked by Logen’s revelation, but Ferro silences them, they all have their flaws. So Bayaz asks about her scar. Ferro tells how she was sold as a slave at the age of twelve to a man called Susman. He trained girls as whores and then sold them at a profit. After two years, she hurt Susman the only way she could, stealing a knife and cutting herself right to the bone, thus cutting her price. A horrified silence descends over camp.1

Characters Edit

Introduced Appeared Mentioned
Logen Ninefingers Aruf Tolomei
Ferro Maljinn Juvens Harding Grim
Jezal dan Luthar Kanedias Bethod
Bayaz Khalul Susman
Malacus Quai Glustrod
Brother Longfoot

Locations and Terms Edit

The Old Empire Order of the Magi High Art House of the Maker Devil-Blood Demons
The Other Side The First Law Carleon

References Edit

  1. I love the way Ferro throws a spanner into the classic scar survey scene, ala Jaws.


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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