|“|| Bayaz: You have never once asked me why I sent for you, or why now we are wandering through the North in peril of our lives. That strikes me as odd.|
Logen: Not really. I don’t want to know.1
Chapter Summary Edit
Logen, Bayaz, and Quai depart the Great Northern Library heading south. As they ride, Bayaz comments on the beauty of the countryside, but Logen as a warrior can only see good terrain for a battle. Logen wariness is added to when Bayaz admits that the witch Caurib is far more capable than he let on, and can help Bethod track them.2
Around the campfire that night, Bayaz drinks tea while grilling Quai on his poor knowledge of plants.3 There is some discussion of magic: a Magus tempers magic from The Other Side with knowledge of nature; each Magus specialises, with Bayaz specialising in fire, force and willpower; there are rules, The First Law, that it’s forbidden to speak with devils, and The Second Law, that it is forbidden to eat the flesh of men.2 Bayaz also remarks that Logen may be the only person alive who can speak with Spirits. Bayaz is impressed with Logen’s thoughtful comments, considering the black reputation of the Bloody-Nine.
Their journey takes a turn for the worse, when a party of Northmen sent by Bethod ambush them on the road. Their leader Blacktoe offers them a chance to come peacefully. Logen knows and respects Blacktoe as an enemy of Bethod, and asks why he switched sides. Blacktoe explains that his former chief Old Man Yawl was killed in a duel with Bethod’s champion Fenris the Feared.
Knowing only death awaits him if he goes with Blacktoe, Logen attacks, and manages to flee. However, he and the others are eventually cornered again in the woods. Logen is forced to give up his sword, but Bayaz refuses to follow suit. He makes the trees in a circle around them explode with his Art.4
When the dust settles, all Bethod’s Northmen are dead except Blacktoe who is mortally wounded and pinned beneath his horse. Logen is force to put him out of his misery.
|Malacus Quai||Old Man Yawl|
|Fenris the Feared|
Locations and Terms Edit
|The North||Great Northern Library||The Other Side||Order of the Magi||The First Law|
|The Second Law||Spirits|
- Logen would later regret not asking Bayaz what his plans are.
- Caurib's power called "the long eye' is worth paying attention to, as is The Second Law.
- Quai always seems to come across as a curiously crappy apprentice.
- We learn that there’s a cost to magic, as Bayaz begins to shake after his fireball.