Arms-Commander (saga of recluce Book 16)

By L. E. Modesitt Jr.

Arms-Commander occurs ten years after the tip of The Chaos Balance and tells the tale of the mythical Saryn. The hold of Westwind, within the chilly mountainous heights referred to as the Roof of the realm, is dealing with assault by means of the adjacent land of Gallos. Arthanos, son and inheritor to the ill Prefect of Gallos, needs to smash Westwind as the notion of a land the place ladies rule is overall anathema to him.

Saryn, Arms-Commander of Westwind, is dispatched to a neighboring land, Lornth, to hunt help opposed to the Gallosians. within the heritage, the buying and selling council of Suthya is secretly and informally allied with Gallos opposed to Westwind and starts off to bribe lord-holders in Lornth to foment uprising and civil battle. They wish to create such turmoil in Lornth that the weakened land will fall to Suthya. yet Zeldyan, regent of Lornth, has difficulties in her kinfolk. To safe Zeldyan's reduction, Saryn needs to pledge her own support—and any Westwind protect forces she will raise—to the protection of Zeldyan and her son. The destiny of 4 lands, together with Westwind, rests on Saryn's actions.

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Requested Zeldyan. “And how will I clarify to all of the different lords who will flock to them for worry i'm going to activate them subsequent? ” “You have not less than 3 businesses with the commander’s forces, i might pass judgement on. ” “We introduced yet part a firm. ” Saryn attempted to concentration a breeze on herself as she spoke. “They are worthy two times their numbers. I observed them journey in, and that i observed how a lot deference the armsmen gave them. the woman Regent’s squad chief conveyed to my captain that the only squad from Westwind took on and destroyed greater than threescore Suthyan marauders.

So much of them are within the stables for now, and that’s high-quality for the instant, but if the elements turns within the fall…” “Can we flip them to doing whatever at the new barracks and preserve? ” “Siret has a host of them hauling stones… and there’s one that truly is familiar with anything approximately masonry. however the rest…” Llyselle shook her head. “They’re farmers, and 1/2 what they recognize won’t paintings at the Roof of the area. ” Saryn questioned if what Dealdron knew approximately masonry used to be sufficient to be beneficial. She’d need to ask him.

Do you are expecting me to think that? ” “I didn’t kill somebody. I didn’t. I didn’t damage somebody, both. ” “Why did you allow them to kill blameless tourists? ” “I didn’t understand… that was once what they have been going to do. ” He swayed a bit of on his sturdy leg. “And i guess you had not anything to do with the ladies? ” “No, ser. ” The younger man’s eyes glistened, yet Saryn wasn’t yes how a lot used to be from the soreness of reminiscence or the ache of his damaged leg. “I didn’t do something other than unleash the cart horse. I didn’t. ” Saryn may perhaps experience the reality of these phrases, in addition to the faintness coming over the younger guy, yet ahead of she may perhaps say something, he staggered, then pitched ahead.

Who… you… with the banner, I expected…” “The girl Zeldyan despatched us along with her banner, Lord Spalkyn. There wasn’t time to give an explanation for. I’m Saryn, the Arms-Commander of Westwind. We’ve been accompanying the girl Regent on visits to holdings… We did go away so much of a Lornian squad at your maintaining with the regent and your consort, simply in case the assault the following used to be a feint. ” Saryn paused for only a second. “Is it greater to carry right here or go back? ” “I’d say go back… yet it’s getting dark…” “We can scout within the darkness, if that concerns you…” “You quite are the Arms-Commander of Westwind?

Zeldyan smiled, lifting the goblet she had taken from Deolyn. “To useful lords. ” “To valuable lords,” seconded Saryn. “To worthiness, at any place it can be found,” spoke back Deolyn in a excessive tenor voice prior to sipping from the goblet, then reducing it and searching at Saryn closely. “So you’re the fearsome arms-commander! ” at the back of the joyful voice was once what Saryn might have termed reliable natured coolness. “I’m the arms-commander”—Saryn smiled—“but I’d by no means declare to be fearsome. ” “No aspect in that in any respect.

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