|“||As Juvens fought Glustrod, as Kanedias fought Juvens, so Bayaz struggles with Khalul. Smaller men in a bigger world, but with no less hatred, and no more mercy.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
After nine days in the mountains, Logen and crew find themselves in a bleak and barren land. Approaching a pair of farmers, Bayaz asks them to lead him to Cawneil. One of them agrees and the group follows him through poor country, into a dilapidated town, to the Great Western Library which is itself nearing collapse.
Inside the library, Cawneil greets them, flirting slightly with Jezal, but utterly perplexed by Malacus Quai. Although she exudes a certain sexuality, Jezal observes that she is as old as Bayaz looks, her hair dyed to maintain a youthful illusion. Cawneil invites them to dinner.
However, dinner is hardly a delightful dining experience; the furniture is rickety, the food is poor, and the company is rancid. Cawneil and Bayaz stare at each across the expanse of table, stalking each other like predators. She reminds Bayaz of his failings, of when he left her for Tolomei, and when his actions led to Tolomei’s death. Bayaz calls her a fool for her selfishness, for hiding at the Edge of the World.1 There is a long and sordid history between these two. All present are stunned to silence by the awkward exchange, except Quai who stares daggers at Bayaz. Finally, Bayaz asks after the boat that will take them to Shabulyan. Cawneil knows her duty and has kept a boat in ship-shape, as promised to Juvens.
That night, Ferro sits naked on the bed watching Logen sleep. She can’t figure why she’s let him get so close, but then lies down beside him in his warmth. She’ll take the intimacy while she can; it surely won't last long.
|Cawneil||Jezal dan Luthar||Tolomei|
Locations and Terms Edit
|The Old Empire||Circle of the World||Great Western Library||Shabulyan|
- Cawneil has the power to move mountains, but she’s far more concerned with her own puttering about her moldy library, than with vainly changing the world to suit her image. She's a lovely character because at this point we scorn her slothfulness, but in the end, it will be hard not to see her choice as the more noble.