|“||Lies, o’ course, but it’s traditional, no? To get a bit o’ lying done, before we get started on the hard work. You’d feel insulted if he didn’t give it some kind of a try at least.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Logen, Dogman, Grim and Crummock watch the sunrise from their newly restored wall. Crummock remarks that if Bethod doesn’t turn up, at least they’ve built him a most excellent wall. Still, there are weak points, most noticeably near the gate, which Black Dow still works vigorously to reinforce. A moment later Grim grunts as he spots Bethod’s men. It’s just a matter of time now. They are outnumbered ten to one.
A few men emerge from the horde, led by White-Eye Hansul, Bethod’s negotiator. He offers a deal: leave the wall, turn over your weapons, and you can go free; a typical offer that Bethod’s well known to renege on. When Hansul sees Logen among the crew, he visibly pales; it can go no other way now, it must be blood.1
With the talking done, Bethod sends the Shanka at the wall.2 Throughout the day, they repel the wild beasts, but Bethod is just feeling out their defences. As the sun sets on the first day, Logen and Dogman wonder whether The Union will actually turn up. Without them, they can hold out only so long.
Locations and Terms Edit
|The North||First Northern War||Shanka||The Union|
- Logen Ninefingers spends the beginning and end of the chapter regretting the thing he’s become, and contemplating his place in the world. But when the battle begins, he's frothing at the mouth to carve out his pound of flesh, and screaming at his allies who are weak.
- There's some speculation here about Bethod’s witch Caurib controlling the Shanka. It seems likely, anyway we don't get any better explanation.