Tactics and Rest and Recreation are the twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth chapters of The Heroes.
Chapter Summary Edit
Finree makes her way to an ancient farm cottage where her father has made his headquarters. Inside, Lord Marshal Kroy is just starting his command meeting, when the officers suddenly part to allow Bayaz through. When Bayaz settles-in for the meeting with a cup of tea, Finree asks him for a cup herself; she really hates tea, but can’t miss an opportunity to bring herself to the attention of the most powerful man in The Union. As Bayaz fixes his death glare on the Lord Marshal after the days defeat, the planning meeting begins.
Meanwhile, Black Dow has also gathered his War Chiefs and their seconds around a big fire-pit in the centre of The Heroes. Dow lays out the plan for the second day – Scale, Reachey and Ironhead will form the front line, holding the Old Bridge, Osrung, and the shallows, with Tenways and Golden held back to offer help to either. However, the otherwise festive mood is clouded when Calder steps up to speak, urging Dow to make peace with The Union; Calder knows the war is far from won, and schemes to be the voice of reason should the war turn against the Northmen. Dow quickly turns his ire on Calder for spoiling his party.
Back in The Union headquarters, Bremer dan Gorst observes the command meeting where Lord Marshal Kroy orders Lord Governor Meed to take back the south of Osrung and the bridge in the town, while General Mitterick must force his way across the Old Bridge and establish a presence on the far side. As the meeting breaks up, Gorst comes face to face with Finree, and finds that despite the news of her marriage, his feelings for her are stronger than ever.
With everyone else departed, Finree ties to comfort her dispirited father, while simultaneously trying to urge the Lord Marshal to promote her husband. However, she quickly realises that she’s not helping. As she leaves to return to Lord Governor Meed’s camp, she finds Gorst waiting, who offers to escort her back.
In the Northmen camp, after the meeting Calder tries to wheedle his way into Glama Golden's favour using his vanity against him, but gets nowhere. He then tries the same with Ironhead but just ends up with piss on his boots.
After leaving Finree, Gorst goes to visit a prostitute. He fantasises about Finree, but the whore speaks before he’s done, breaking him out of his daydream. He trudges from the tent, chocked with longing and self-despair.
Locations and Terms Edit
|Osrung||The North||Battle of the Heroes||The Union|