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Chapter Seventeen: Laymaster’s Take

Once again, Grassmaster’s man Glinka found me in the Yellow Rose. This night I ate alone, brown bread and a dish of chicken stewed in curry with mallons beside a bowl of boiled greens. I stared at him with no friendly feeling, but his wide black eyes didn’t falter. “You trouble me again,” I said. … Continue reading →

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Chapter Sixteen: To Move a Queen

Three days later I reported for my scheduled duty in the throne room but before I took my place, a young soldier, Chichte, with olive skin and tight-curled hair came with unseemly haste and relieved me with orders that I was to attend the Queen in her audience room. I made my way quickly to … Continue reading →

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Chapter Fifteen: Examination

At gray dawn we entered through the Gate of the Wall; we had been counted lost until the soldiers saw us cross the Arena. I had our loss of Hret, Glima and Nathada to report, but wrenched though I felt, I’d have been a fool to ignore how we had beaten the odds. Still my … Continue reading →

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Chapter Fourteen: Advice and Ambush

“Master Ti,” Quillmaster’s deep firm voice startled me  where I stood  by the barracks and watched with a critical eye the sparring of new-come recruits. “I had business in this part of town,” she said to me with a half-bow, her green ribbons moving a little in the net of gold over her russet hair … Continue reading →

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Chapter Thirteen: Consequences

  “You are ordered to the Fortress, Corpsmaster Ti,” Sylva said, but I saw urgency in her face as she added, “by order of the Queen.” I had Cascada replace me, rousted out of a sound sleep to do double duty. I’d take her time on the Wall another time, and keep my debts clear. … Continue reading →

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A Stranger’s Blood Chapter Twelve

Chapter Twelve: Consultations and Calculations Some days after, as I drank my ale in the Yellow Rose Tavern, a man came in, and though  plainly dressed, in garb that had none of the richness of his former red velvet robes, I recognized him. Obvious that his purpose in entering was not trivial. He made some pretense of … Continue reading →

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Chapter Eight: To Whose End?

Gray morning had come when I went through doorway of the Fortress, and took a post horse I found tethered with its companions under Hret’s care. Without asking he gestured to another soldier to take his place at the tie-up and took to his saddle to accompany me. Clearly Master Mell had left orders. We went … Continue reading →

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Chapter Six: What comes on the Wind

If Prince Daniel had been a thriving child I wonder if it would have been possible to betroth him young to another kingdom’s royal line, to secure both King Matthew’s heir and our own country. To our North lay a distant land under a ruler called King Saahr, and on occasion we heard such news … Continue reading →

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Chapter Five: Jaston

A passage of years, yet no sight or reliable rumor of Thane Gehir. I stood often upon the Wall wondering when he might come again, by horse, by foot, perhaps as he had once before through the trapdoor near my feet. Season followed season, in the natural course of things, and my people defended the … Continue reading →

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Chapter Four: Criminal Exile

Towards the beginning of summer, a crime discovered in our City of the Wall led to a second. I was complicit in this–it troubled me very much then. The after years have at least taught me that many things we give so much importance, become important indeed, but not as we imagine. Powers work through … Continue reading →

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