50. Ceremony, Vision, Illusion

Soundtrack and Video, Adam Ant, Kings of the Wild Frontier (Live 2011) Alecto has finally finished Inglorion’s back, and now a young woman is splayed across his spine, half-hanged: Arachne in the process of metamorphosis from human to spider. It’s an image dear to the Drow, and to the Theates in particular: Arachne confronted the […]

49. The Usual High Cost of Blood and Treasure

Soundtrack and Video: Adam Ant, “Shakin’ All Over,” Live 2011 Once breakfast is over, there are further delights in store for Tereus. This is the day when he and Marcus go through a ritual where Tereus pretends to have an independent opinion about estate matters, and to ratify or veto Marcus’s decisions. Every week Tereus […]

48. An Unenviable Domestic Situation

Soundtrack and Video: Adam Ant, “It Doesn’t Matter,” Live 2011 They resume tattooing the following day, Inglorion insisting that he’s fine. It’s painful, but he’s eager to finish. Alecto injects him, then inspects the previous day’s work: a swallow in flight on one shoulder, and a nightingale on the other. She begins to fill in […]

42. Proper Channels

Inglorion wakes from trance at dawn the following morning. The candle has burned down, and has not taken the bedclothes, bed and inn with it. The previous night’s storm has passed, leaving the air damp and chilly, the sky clear. The inn and docks are waking up — people are eating breakfast, ordering conveyances, working […]

41. Sheltering the Flame

Soundtrack, Part 1: Marilyn Manson, Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger (Live 1999) Part 2: David Bowie, Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (Live 1973) The inn Inglorion has chosen is by the dockyard, a long walk from the Shelawn family townhouse. It’s late — just before midnight — and the streets are quiet. Inglorion’s boots echo on brick, […]

12. A Considerable Heiress

Their adventures come to an end abruptly when a stranger approaches Inglorion in the taproom of an inn. The stranger is a gray elf, rare enough this far inland. His dress suggests that he’s a ranger: long bow, short sword, leather armor. His clothes are muddy from travel, and he smells like the outdoors. Inglorion […]