The Cos Brothers, Staar Sunn and Jurt, reveal their true power against the combined might of the Keepers of Lir, Three Winds, and the Poison Skins. In the tiers below Taxin Bas and Captain Logar hold of the Cos Brothers guards. Torque, under threat of execution, leads his soldiers in a desperate last stand.
Xil’Tol’Nap chooses the path of betrayal and nearly pays for the folly with his life.
The upper tiers of the Thirteen Consortium are bathed in blood. The struggle for power in Kantan approaches a brutal finale.