The scene: Meridius, where Provincial Regent of Meridius, Gadsarapon (Gads)--who claims to be Deamante's bastard son, has just endured a night of cold, calculated learning at the feet of Deamante. A coup has begun, and though it appears to be about over...the worst is yet to come.
"On Meridius, a red glow was building in the east, giving an eerie illumination to a city that had seen brutal bloodshed just hours before. Thousands of people felt relief at the coming sun, but even greater relief at the setting moon. Some wept tears of gratitude to be alive. Most, the day before, had never seen a single good thing in the Dominion, but today, they gave the Dominion full credit for their survival.
There were hundreds, though, who were slipping out of town unnoticed…those who chose to take their chances in the outlands with the Albainns--rather than with the Dominion.
Gads looked out at a city full of humble residents, marveling at how easily they had been brought to their knees."