|“||That’s optimists. You bastards never learn.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Shivers and the others ride towards Westport, a grim crowd. Morveer and Day just want to mock him for his belief in magic1, and Friendly only mumbles about numbers and Safety. Only Monza shows him any courtesy, and even respect when she learns he’s been to Adua and once stood in the shadow of the House of the Maker, which is something she and Benna always dreamed of. Monza leads them to one of her many safe-houses, a crumbling residence in the shadow of the banking house of Valint & Balk.
The next day, Morveer, Day and Friendly enters Valint & Balk in the guise of a merchant of Puranti and his entourage making a sizeable deposit; sizeable enough to warrant the attention of their most senior representative. Morveer is ushered into Mauthis’ office.2 As they make the arrangements for the deposit, Morveer tries various tactics to poison the banker. However, Mauthis proves an infuriatingly cautious man, refusing even to shake his hand. He does however learn quite a bit about the security in place in the bank.
Meanwhile, Monza takes Shivers to Benna’s favourite place in Westport; a barbers. With some reluctance, he gets his hair cut short like a Styrian dandy.3 Back at the crumbling house, Morveer has returned from the bank with no less self-confidence. They begin to plan breaking into the banking house buidling that night.
|Caul Shivers||Benna Murcatto|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Westport||Styria||The Union||Safety||Adua||House of the Maker||Valint & Balk|
- Considering himself a man of science who dismisses magic as mere superstition, isn't going to help Morveer when he's finally confronted with real magic; minor freak out and hilarity ensues.
- Morveer's go to alias is Rotsac Reevrom, which is just a sdrawkcab alias of his name which amuses him.
- Monza has Shivers get a haircut, cleans him up and gets him into fancy clothes so that he'll fit-in in Styria. In fact he looks rather dashing. It seems quite innocent here, but it's later heavily implied, rather disturbingly, that she's trying to make him look like her beloved brother Benna. It is also a foreshadowing of another scene where Monza tries to improve Shivers appearance.
- Our old friend Yoru Sulfur will appear all over Styria, sometime named but more often not.