54. Honor and Responsibility

Musical Score: Beastie Boys, Body Movin’ (Fatboy Slim Remix) Sieia told Valentine to meet with Marcus, and now it seems like it must be too late. He doesn’t need to seek approval for anything. The whole thing is bound to be awkward. And yet, when Marcus returns to Liamelia, he sends Valentine a note indicating […]

51. Threats and Promises

Musical Score: Husker Du, She Floated Away Valentine returns home, exhausted, only to find the household in an uproar. A letter has arrived from Valykria’s grandmother. Her family is still pressing her to return, promising that all will be forgiven. Even Sieia’s equanimity has been shattered. “Good God, Valentine, where have you been? She’s holed […]

48. Tereus Shelawn Was a Brute

Musical Score, Ohgr, Shhh Valentine is accosted by another Gypsy child that is not a child. It directs him to an address that turns out to be a hookah lounge not far from Hairy’s Tattoos.  When Valentine gives his name, an attendant — a lovely, dark half-elf girl — leads him to a private room […]

43. There Can Be No Real Objection

Musical Score: Spin Doctors, Two Princes They arrive late on the third night of travel. Cantering through the city gates, Valentine feels as if a holiday is coming to an end. He’s starting to realize that they gray will regard his actions very seriously. He’ll have to account publicly for decisions that seemed personal and […]

41. Throat Hit

Musical Score: Eurythmics, Wrap It Up Valentine is able to complete a brief trance before Inglorion shows up for the last time. He leads them past a series of guard posts to a narrow tunnel that slants towards the surface. “If you follow this corridor for a quarter mile, you’ll reach the egress point. Don’t […]

23. A Sense of Imminent Loss

Musical Score: Adam Ant, Ants Invasion, live in 2010 In the wake of the battle for Liamelia, Valentine feels that he is slipping away, releasing his hold on the city and its people, the family he thought he’d found. His grief finds some solace when he memorializes his 10 kills with another tattoo, but the […]

20. Blood for Blood

Musical Score: Marilyn Manson, Kiddie Grinder Once he lights the candle, Valentine says aloud, “Fuck it.” Before he can lose his nerve, he scrawls a note to Aramil: Cousin, I need your help tonight with an urgent matter. Please come as soon as you receive this. —Xάρων He summons a footman. “No reply — make […]

19. Flashing Eyes

Musical Score: The Boomtown Rats, Fall Down Ariadne is buried immediately, due to the fear of poison. At first, Valentine can’t grasp that she’s dead. At her funeral, he keeps thinking of little things he wants to tell her when he sees her again. Long before he declared himself, asked her to be his wife, […]