|“||I'll Kill them. I'll Kill them. I'll Kill them all.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
In the intervening years, Caul Shivers has become an idealistic man who wanted to escape from the violence of The North. In a tavern in Uffrith, a Talinese merchant named Vossula convinces him that Styria is a land of opportunity. Shivers arrives in Talins intent on finding honest work and becoming a better person. However, Talins is much more shabby, expensive and rainy than he dreamed of. As he wanders through the bustling city, first one passer-by bumps him, then another, and finally he whirls around and confronts the third man. Releasing the petrified man, he ponders whether being a better man might be harder work than he’d thought.
Meanwhile, Monza Murcatto wakes in a darkened room, her entire body racked with pain but somehow alive. Suddenly, a pale lean man enters, humming tunelessly to himself. The man, a healer who gives no name, explains that he found her on the hillside outside Fontezarmo while searching for dead bodies for his studies into bones. She’s been in him home for twelve weeks, while he healed her various crippling injuries: her left hip and thighbone, shattered right shin, broken right hand, and fractured skull.1 To help her with the pain, he gives her a Husk pipe; a powerful and highly-addictive drug.2
Monza continues to slowly recover under the man’s sometimes less than tender care. However, her right hand remains a withered useless claw. As soon as she can walk, she flees into the night. She makes her way step by painful step to her childhood home, now an abandoned ruin. There she digs up the wealth that she and Benna had horded for years, including the gold taken from a man named Hermon. This money will be her route to vengeance against the seven men responsible for murdering her beloved brother.
|Mysterious Healer||Caul Shivers||Vossula|
Locations and Terms Edit
- The way the mysterious healer puts Monza back together borders on magic, as it seems pretty clear that there is no way normal medical techniques could have healed someone who had suffered such extensive injuries.
- Husk appears to be loosely based on opium.