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"You've been summoned to the throne room. A Lutren envoy's just arrived."

"Really? Strange... Dakkan was here just a few days ago."- Janik and Quinlan[1]

Cover Page

Uncomfortable in his new rank as Captain of the Guard,[2] Quinlan looks nervously to the side as he wears his Captain's sash.[3]

Synopsis

Newly promoted to the rank of Captain, Quinlan tries to make sense of why his grandfather chose him to inherit the rank despite their differences[4] as he prepares for an audience with the king.[5] At the audience, Quinlan learns that their Canid allies to the north are preparing for war with the marginalized Ermehn in the Northern Wastes.[6] If war were to break out, all the other nations would follow[7] so the king decides to send Quinlan and the Lutren Captain Kenosh to the Canid in an effort to stop the war before it begins.[8]

After the meeting, Quinlan and his best friend Dakkan encounter Crim, who manipulates Quinlan into a public Tesque demonstration[9] in the hopes of showing him up.[10] After defeating Crim, Quinlan meets Kenosh, Dakkan and his friend Janik at the local tavern. Janik is also leaving on a diplomatic mission to another kingdom, only she will be serving as an adviser to the Vulpin Council.[11] They toast to their success.[12]

To the north, two Ermehn fight to the death[13] over control of the tribe.[14] The challenger kills the Tribe Champion,[15] taking control of the tribe.[16] The challenger, named Hardin, expresses his desire to take back what the Canid stole from his people.[17] at any cost.[18]

Summary

In the Deep- Page 1 through Page 15

Janik finds Quinlan in the Western Deep[19] and tells him that he has been summoned by the king.[20] Still grieving the death of his grandfather,[21] Quinlan tries to make sense of why he was chosen to succeed his grandfather as the new Captain of the Guard[22] as he prepares for his audience with the King.[23]

The Audience with the King- Page 16 through Page 25

At the King's audience chamber, Quinlan is briefed on the growing tension between the Canid and the Ermehn by the Lutren Captain Kenosh.[24] If open conflict erupts between the two races, then Sunsgrove will be forced to send military aid to the Canid,[25] an act that would plunge the entire world into war.[26] Captain Kenosh finds the idea of helping the Canid morally reprehensible, claiming that it would be a massacre.[27] Since Sunsgrove cannot endanger their alliance with the Canid by refusing,[28] Kenosh suggests that the Sunsgrovians send an envoy to convince the Canid General Clovis to stand down and requests that Quinlan accompany him to show a united Sunsgrovian front to the Canid.[29] To Quinlan's dismay, and over his stammered protests, Dabheid agrees. Captain Kenosh and King Dabheid leave together, discussing preparations for the journey.[30]

The Tesque Demonstration- Page 26 through Page 40

After the audience, Quinlan and his best friend Dakkan are accosted by Crim, who suggests that Quinlan participate in a Tesque demonstration for Crim's students.[31] Quinlna initially declines, but Crim remarks that Caldus would have done it,[32] prompting Quinlan to change his mind.[33] It quickly becomes clear that the "demonstration" is intended to humiliate Quinlan.[34] At first, Crim's attempt is successful,[35] but Quinlan manages to turn the tables.[36] Losing his temper, Crim drops the pretense of a demonstration and attacks Quinlan,[37] who knocks Crim out.[38]

Adieu- Page 41 through Page 46

At the Land's End Tavern, Janik, Quinlan, Kenosh and Dakkan discuss the fight with Crim.[39] Janik tells Dakkan that Crim was next in line to be the Captain until Caldus named Quinlan as his successor, which only solidified the dislike for Quinlan that Crim already had.[40] Janik changes the subject to the trio's upcoming journey to Deltrada,[41] which is not expected to take longer than a week or two.[42] Janik reveals that she is working with her father, the diplomat to Nessa, and she will be travelling to Nessa to meet the Vulpin Council while Quinlan, Dakkan, and Kenosh travel to Aisling.[43] The quartet drinks to the success of their respective missions.[44]

Ermehn Diplomacy- Page 46 through Page 54

Meanwhile, at the Northern Wastes two Ermehn fight to the death.[45] Some of the spectators talk among themselves, one failing to see the point in the fight,[46] especially if Hardin kills the best warrior.[47] the other remarking that Hardin must have a plan.[48] Hardin kills the Champion,[49] and addresses the tribe, telling the ones who are unwilling to fight with him to reveal themselves.[50]

Hardin's Speech- Page 54 through Page 59

A solitary Ermehn confronts Hardin, asking Hardin what reason they have to join a dead tribe.[51] Hardin says the Ermehn are weak when they fight amongst themselves.[52] He continues that instead of fighting each other, the Ermehn need to be fighting the Canid.[53] Feyn calls Hardin a madman, claiming that his plan would kill them all but Hardin cuts him off, saying the Ermehn have been dead for generations.[54] He goes on to say that the Canid hunt them down like savages because that is what the Ermehn have become, and that the Canid will not rest until they are all dead. Feyn says that even if all the tribes banded together, they would not stand a chance.[55] Hardin says that he only needs one. He promises Feyn that if they fight with him, it'll be the best chance they'll ever get to take back what was lost. Feyn looks doubtful, but no longer protests.[56] Hardin tells any who do not wish to join Hardin's tribe to identify themselves now.[57] No one raises any protests, and Hardin tells his tribe to get the new members ready.[58]

Hardin's Conversation with Ashtor- Page 59 through Page 65

Hardin goes to stand by the fire, where he is confronted by Ashtor.[59] Ashtor does not understand Hardin's reasons for adding Feyn's tribe to their number. Hardin states that his tribe of six alone cannot take Deltrada Garrison, and that they need expendable warriors to achieve that end.[60] Ashtor disagrees vehemently with the idea of using their own people as sacrifices.[61] Hardin retorts that there will be sacrifices no matter what is done, and that he has no choice.[62] Ashtor sadly remarks that he thinks the Ermehn are destroying their honor, which is the one thing the Canid cannot take from them.[63] Ending the conversation, Hardin walks through the camp of his new tribe.[64]

References

  1. Beyond the Western Deep: Volume One, Page 20
  2. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 4
  3. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Cover Page
  4. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 10
  5. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 15
  6. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 19
  7. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 19
  8. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 23
  9. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 28
  10. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 30
  11. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 44
  12. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 46
  13. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 47
  14. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 53
  15. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 53
  16. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 53
  17. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 58
  18. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 63
  19. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 3
  20. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 7
  21. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 8
  22. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 10
  23. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 15
  24. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 19
  25. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 21
  26. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 19
  27. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 21
  28. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 22
  29. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 23
  30. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 24
  31. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 27
  32. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 28
  33. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 29
  34. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 30
  35. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 33
  36. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 36
  37. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 37
  38. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 40
  39. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 41
  40. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 42
  41. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 42
  42. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 43
  43. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 44
  44. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 46
  45. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 47
  46. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 50
  47. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 51
  48. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 50
  49. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 53
  50. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 53
  51. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 54
  52. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 55
  53. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 56
  54. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 56
  55. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 57
  56. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 58
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  62. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 62
  63. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 63
  64. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 64

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