|“||The Crown Prince and the real world, as Lord Marshal Burr had observed, were entire strangers to one another.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Colonel West and Crown Prince Ladisla are inspecting the men of their division. Although the Prince finds them fit and ready, West sees a stark contrast between the King’s Own and the poorly prepared Levies. The subject turns to war hero Glokta, with Ladisla bemoaning his death. West corrects him, however moments later the Prince laments Glokta’s death again. Ladisla’s delusions seem to know no limits.
West manages to make his escape, and runs into his old buddy Jalenhorm. Jalenhorm points out that there is a dire lack of blacksmiths in the camp. West resolves to fix the problem by conscripting criminals from a nearby Inquisition prison camp.
At the prison, West demands that any prisoners with blacksmith skills be put into his care for the benefit of the army. Inquisitor Lorsen1 resists at first, but soon caves to West’s demands. However, he does not indulge West in his condemnation of his camp; prisons serve a purpose, no matter how cruel imprisonment may be, and it is the Inquisition who care for the prisoners, not West and his lofty ideals.2
In the foundry, the first to volunteer is Pike, a half burned gristle of a man who identifies other capable smiths. He also asks that his daughter Cathil be taken as well. The Colonel tries to resist but the girl reminds him of his sister and the guilt he carries. Unhappy with the girl’s selection, the Inquisitor threatens to report West to the Arch Lector.
|Inquisitor Lorsen||Collem West||Sand dan Glokta|
|Pike||Crown Prince Ladisla||Ardee West|
|Cathil||Lieutenant Jalenhorm||Arch Lector Sult|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Angland||Union Army||First Gurkish War||First Northern War||Inquisition||The Union|
- Inquisitor Lorsen would appear again in Red Country.
- The author loves these little moralistic axioms, that nothing in life is absolutely one thing. It all depends on where you’re sitting. Is Lorsen a horrible human being because he runs a forced labor camp? Or is he a reasonable person who keeps the prisoners alive in a world they’d otherwise prey on each other?