Back on page 38, Prince Meled mentioned that the King had been unkind to the steward. Well... yeah, I guess one could put it that way?
Characters: Steward Hostim, three (somewhat drunk) knights of the King's Company, and a Guy in a Short Kaftan.
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…