Good thing Ivolga kept glancing at that window.
Note that Steward Hostim used to be spelled Gostim. Then a friend pointed out, quite reasonably, that "Gostim" and "gosudar" look way too similar. So now it’s Hostim.
If you’ve forgotten him altogether: he’s the steward of Shelisk who recently got into (as yet unexplained) trouble with the gosudar. Prince Meled ordered Yarosvet (aka Yarik) to ensure Hostim's safety back on pp 37-38 https://tapas.io/episode/1550336
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…