|“||Rising early. Of course. The second greatest virtue. It comes just behind ruthlessness.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Glokta arrives back in Adua greeted only by the pouring rain, after all the blistering heat of the south. Rather than going directly to the Arch Lector, he first pays a visit on Ardee West. With no answer at the door, Glokta enters to finds the apartments completely empty of furniture. Walking from room to room he finds nothing, excepting Ardee herself sitting forlornly at the window in a simple dress. Ardee explains that her father was in debts, and a man named Fallow came to collect. Glokta insists she come home with him for the night, and tomorrow all will be fixed. As Ardee walks ahead, Glokta pulls Frost aside, and orders him to find Fallow and explain to him who he has offended.
Now, Glokta heads to the House of Questions to meet with Sult. Expecting an angry, if not deadly reception, Glokta is surprised to find Sult pleased, asserting his efforts in Dagoska succeeded beyond any expectation. Dagoska was always going to fall, but by delaying the inevitable for months, Sult was able to undermine High Justice Marovia and gain more influence on the Closed Council. Not to mention, Magister Eider’s treason has given him leave to dissolve the Guild of Spicers, adding their trade rights to the Inquisition’s coffers, along with those of the Mercers. Sult sends Glokta away, praising the Inquisitor’s work as his finest yet.
Back at Ardee home, Glokta finds things much has changed; full of expensive if gaudy new furniture. Glokta gives Ardee an opportunity to pay Fallow back, and she does so with gusto, kicking him in the face, until he crawls away. When they’re alone, Glokta asks after Collem, and is shocked to learn that her brother is missing, presumed dead along with Prince Ladisla.
|Fallow||Sand dan Glokta||High Justice Marovia|
|Arch Lector Sult||Carlot dan Eider|
|Ardee West||Collem West|
|Practical Frost||Prince Ladisla|
|Practical Severard||Prince Raynault|
|Practical Shylo Vitari|
|Adua||The Union||House of Questions||Dagoska||Closed Council||Guild of Spicers|
|Guild of Mercers||Inquisition|
- So Dagoska was just a pawn that Sult was willing to sacrifice to improve his position on the board with Marovia.