|“||There are few men with more blood on their hands than me. None, that I know of. The Bloody-Nine they call me, my enemies, and there’s a lot of ‘em. Always more enemies, and fewer friends. Blood gets you nothing but more blood. It follows me now, always, like my shadow, and like my shadow I can never be free of it. I should never be free of it. I’ve earned it. I’ve deserved it. I’ve sought it out. Such is my punishment.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
On Logen Ninefingers’ first night in the Great Northern Library, the soft mattress is completely foreign to him, so he sleeps on the hard balcony beneath the stars1. The next morning he is visited by Malacus Quai, who has recovered somewhat and thank him for his selfless act. Logen deflects the praise by relating what a miserable human being he really is, recounting some the bloodier deeds of his past.
Soon Bayaz arrives and pointedly sends Quai back to his studies. After Quai leaves, Bayaz mutters under his breath that Bethod is coming. A little unnerved, Logen recalls the last time they met; thrown out of Carleon beaten and bloodied, with orders to never return. Bayaz, perhaps sensing this, declares that the Northman needs a weapon. In the weapons room, Logen peruses the vast selection of armour, spears, and axes. He finally settles on a simple sword2, which, despite its plain trappings, was made by Kanedias, the Master Maker himself.
Awaiting Bethod’s arrival, Logen peruses Bayaz’ library, including Juvens’ Principles of Art, and another book by Juvens’ brother. Bayaz furtively sets this second aside as containing a different sort of knowledge best left alone3.
Bethod soon arrives with his son Scale, and a self-proclaimed sorceress Caurib. Bayaz mocks her powers. Bethod demands to know where Bayaz stands in his planned war with The Union. After some verbal foreplay, Bayaz rejects Bethod’s overtures of friendship. Scale and Caurib get angry but Bayaz silences them with a word. The trio leave, but not before making threats. Bayaz has made an enemy this day and Logen can expect no more mercy.
Locations and Terms Edit
|Great Northern Library||The North||Carleon||The Union|
- The notion of comfort are completely foreign to Logen, and the only thing he can say for them is that he smells better.
- Joe seem to stick to the notion that swords are more noble than axes; Black Dow uses an axe, and Shivers switches to an axe half way through Best Served Cold.
- Another little foreshadowing.