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As promised in prior negotiations, Kendryk meets with Teodora near the trial’s end to decide if Father Landrus will be allowed to speak in his own defense. They go for a semi-private ride in the woods. After a lot of arguing, Teodora finally makes an offer: Landrus may speak if Kendryk will provide her with 20,000 troops to help her put down the rebel Andor Korma, who is threatening her capital, Atlona. This is an illegal request (for lengthy reasons I won’t go into here) and Kendryk turns her down flat. Naturally, Teodora doesn’t take it well.
She looked straight at him and he forced himself to meet her gaze, aware of the color creeping up his face. Sweat soaked his shirt under the mail.
“I will be very clear, and I want you to remember what I say.”
Kendryk was conscious of his guard drawing closer, and felt comforted, though not enough.
“When this trial is over, and your darling priest a mere bit of crispy meat on that stake, I shall return to Atlona and defeat Andor Korma. I will have the Zastwar treaty renewed and my armies recalled from their border. Then I will take back what my weak ancestors gave away too freely. I will start with you and your ridiculous charter.”
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