|“||His staff was not shod with gold, had no lump of shining crystal on the end. His eye did not flare with a mysterious fire.1||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
The first penitent is a poor farmer named Goodman Heath who seeks redress for being put off their land by their landlord who falsely claimed they’ve not paid rent. Hoff treats him with consummate rudeness, and fobs him off to another bureaucrat2.
Next in line is Magister Coster dan Kault of the Guild of Mercers. Kault accuses his the King’s Inquisition of a plot to undermine the ‘honourable’ Guild. Hoff show him no more respect than he showed the farmer, leaving Kault sputtering with indignation and issuing threats.
A delegation from the King Bethod of the Northmen is ushered in. Two warriors, an older man called White-Eye Hansul with a livid scar through one eye, and Fenris the Feared, a massive giant of a man swathed in a rough brown cloak. Hoff treats them with a modicum of respect and offers them an audience with the King in Open Council.
Yoru Sulfur, a former apprentice of the Magus Bayaz, is the last man to come before the Chamberlain. Hoff is expecting to be entertained by a fake Magi, but Sulfur gives the kind of proof that brooks no argument, and announces that Bayaz intends to return and reclaim his former place in The Union. Hoff is clearly shaken by Sulfur, and grant him a private audience with the Closed Council.
Ordered by Hoff to keep the Magus’ appearance quiet, West trudges out to find Goodman Heath sitting despondently outside. West3 empathizes with the poor farmer and gives him some money.
|Fortis dan Hoff||Collem West||King Guslav the Fifth|
|Coster dan Kault||Bayaz|
|Fenris the Feared|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Guild of Mercers||King’s Inquisition||Open Council||Order of the Magi||The Union|
- Joe telegraffs his intention to subvert our expectations.
- Each of the sub-plot strands gets a little nudge here, evidence that The Union's government is failing its people; trouble with the merchant guilds, and the gathering storm in The North. And a new strand is added, revealing some of Bayaz' intentions.
- This is the first point of view chapter for West, shows him as much closer to the classic fantasy everyman archetype, a common-born soldier who seems genuinely concerned about the well being of the realm.