|“||They want to burn your farms, and your towns, and your cities. They want to make slaves of your children. They want everyone in the world to pray to God in the same way they do, with the same words they use, and for your land to be a province of their Empire. I know this. The only difference between war and murder is the number of the dead.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
In a quiet deserted village ouside Adua, Ferro watches the approach of a dozen men from the Gurkish army. Bayaz has got her a place in a Union squad tasked with slowing the Gurkish advance. Her commanding officer, Major Vallimir, repeatedly reminds her that the signal is two claps.1 He also orders her to keep one alive to be questioned, something she finds distasteful.
As the Gurkish enter the village, two claps sound out, and Ferro and the rest of the squad open fire with bows and flatbows. Soon the Gurkish all lay dead, except for two. The leader of the Gurkish party flees on his horse, but Ferro takes aim and moment later, the soldier falls from his horse. Pulling her sword, she marches out to him. Though the man begs for his life, Ferro shows no mercy.
Back in the village, Major Vallimir questions their hostage about the Gurkish movements, with Ferro’s assistance to speak Kantic. But, he knows little. As Vallimir wonders what to do with his prisoner, Ferro stabs the Gurkish man in the heart instead; there’s plenty of more Gurkish to kill, and no time to waste on prisoners. They start planning the next ambush to pick off another scouting party.
|Major Vallimir||Ferro Maljinn||Bayaz|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||Battle of Adua||The Gurkish Empire||Kanta|
- Ferro doesn't miss Logen’s warm embrace, but his solid experience and, on occasion, murderous fury.