32. Ignorance and Blindness

Soundtrack and Video, Marilyn Manson, “Sweet Dreams,” live early 90s Inglorion returns to his quarters to find Ajax in the storeroom, scratching in one of the many ledgers he keeps tracking the flow of black market goods through Inglorion’s household. Inglorion cocks his head. “Why are you up so late, Ajax?” “Are you ready for […]

59. Not Yet Wise or Predictable

Soundtrack and Video: Talking Heads, Burning Down the House (Live 1984) The Duchess has been there all along, within earshot but apparently absorbed in a report. Inglorion walks over and stands within her field of view, waiting to be recognized. For a long, uncomfortable moment, she refuses to notice him. During that moment, a sick, […]

57. Giant, Clanking Brass Balls

Soundtrack: Onyx, Problem Child The drug has worn off completely by the following morning, leaving Inglorion tired and a bit hungry, but otherwise unchanged. He feels no guilt, just relief at having gotten over heavy ground lightly. He resumes his normal routine of training, attending briefings, and smoking aimlessly in the company of slaves. The Drow […]

55. Zero Minus One

Soundtrack and Video: Lo Fidelity Allstars, Battleflag Zero hour comes early. Inglorion’s instructed Theo to walk by whistling “Singing in the Rain” when the other slaves are gone and he’s leaving Antigone’s residence open and unguarded, with her alone inside. If anything goes wrong — if Antigone has visitors, or decides to attend the festival […]

46. The Third Trial: Personalized Moral Injury

Inglorion instructs Ajax to get him an audience with the Duchess. The next morning, Clytemnestra pulls him out of a sparring session and leads him to the throne room. His footsteps echo as he approaches the dais. He stands there, hands clasped, head bowed, waiting to be acknowledged. “Yes, Inglorion?” she says. The acoustics are […]

37. The Second Trial: How He Became This Way

Inglorion has trusted Ajax implicitly to bar any visitors or strangers, and not to discuss his condition with anyone. His valet may have gotten reports to Philomela somehow, but Inglorion is confident that his rivals have had no information about the severity and course of his illness. As a result, they’ve had more than a […]

35. The First Trial: Batshit Crazy

Soundtrack: Venetian Snares, Gentleman Soon after Inglorion is told to compete for the Marquisate, he and his rivals learn about their first trial. Clytemnestra brings the three of them to a remote chamber, deep in the unimproved portion of the caverns. The chamber is divided by a glass wall. On the far side, there’s a […]