Kingly business

The first thing I did was to call Janam Isal. I felt him finish what he was doing first –good!– but when he arrived, he was much more deferential than before the Iss-Peranian delegation was here. It seems to rub off that they treat me so much like a king:…

A play, and various visitors

Athal is not very coherent about what happened and especially in what order things happened. Also, he’s squeamish about the children. I’m cautious myself: parts of this will be very brief. A day full of events, and it’s as if I was dreaming all of them. Except the play, which…

The envoy arrives

It rambles; perhaps it has factual errors. But Athal’s recollection is, understandably, blurry. I ought to be thanking all the gods on my knees that I can tell this story, but I’m too stiff and sore right now to do it. Well, let me tell it from the beginning. It…

Messengers

Okay, I’ve found a voice. It’s mostly Athal’s (hence first person), but a bit more detached than the bit I wrote in Dutch and got stalled on. I blame it on ascribe it to the character questionnaire. Also, it’s not in Dutch, so the whole world (well, almost) can read…