An exercise in generalization can be a form of self-defence. Not that Lieutenant Schtarz is literally wearing a grey coat - flamenry uniform happens to be ochre - but he’s a soldier in the Halcian army and so a greycoat in the metaphorical sense. Meanwhile, Colonel Lamorie is finally getting some much-need attention.
Characters: Schtarz, Gorrion, Lamorie
Unknown assassins hound the steps of Marshal Areghyr Deguisay, the supreme commander of the Halcian Republic. As the attack gets blamed on the neighbouring kingdom of Bereg and the senate cries for vengeance, Deguisay's surviving adjutants struggle to uncover the real enemy. Wish them luck, because nothing in Halcian high politics is what it seems - including, perhaps, Deguisay himself.
Meanwhile in Bereg, a court seer needs no magic to foresee a war her people can't possibly win…