|“||Have you confused me with some other man? I am the First of the Magi! The first apprentice of great Juvens himself! This is the hand that cast down Kanedias! The hand that crowned Harod! You dare to give me threats?||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Bayaz and Jezal walk through the city of Calcis, with Bayaz pompously lectures him on the importance of history; The Old Empire was cultivated by Juvens into the cradle of civilization before falling to ruin. He then moves onto the nature of how to rule; to be firm and feared but not a tyrant. Jezal finds the discussion all together boring, and nearly says so, before they’re interrupted by representatives of Imperial Legate Salamo Narba ordering them to an audience.
Meanwhile, Logen and Longfoot are walking through a different part of the city. Longfoot hurries Logen along, who is hampered by his injuries. The wounds are healing well though, thanks to Ferro’s expert needle skills. They are tasked with disguising themselves as merchants for the trek through the bandit infested territory. When Logen queries whether merchants are exactly what bandits are looking for, Longfoot suggests that Bayaz is hiding from a different sort of threat.
In the Imperial Legate’s audience chamber, Bayaz explains his plans to journey beyond the Aos river. Narba argues that the situation in The Old Empire is far too volatile, and the bridges inaccessible due to infighting between the various warlords and self-proclaimed Emperors; Sabarbus, Scario and Goltus. In fact, the Legate makes it quite clear that Bayaz’s is unwelcome in the city. The Magus Zacharus was in Calcis just a month ago, arguing in favour of Goltus as Emperor, and he too was unwelcome.2 He demands that Bayaz leave the city within three days, but Bayaz gets pissy and insist he’ll leave immediately.
|Imperial Legate Salamo Narba||Jezal dan Luthar||Juvens|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Calcis||The Old Empire||Order of the Magi||Aulcus||Darmium||Aostum|
- It's quite well done, but this chapter is largely an information dump on The Old Empire. Longfoot paints a map of the terrain through which they’ll be moving, and the Legate serves a very similar purpose, laying out the hurdles that the group will have to overcome to reach their goal.
- It seems Zacharus is trying to be putting himself on the level with Bayaz and Khalul, by manipulating his own nation in a war whose goals we still don’t understand.