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You have accused me of arrogance in my quest. You have accused me of perpetuating my grudge against Rayse and Bavadin. Both accusations are true.


Point of view: Kaladin
Setting: outside Sadeas's warcamp, the Shattered Plains

Progression of the Chapter:

Bridge Four is on rock duty, finding stones to Soulcast into food. Kaladin has Rock and Teft searching for knobweed, from which to extract its antiseptic sap. Rock, who can inexplicably see Syl, finds knobweed quickly while guided by her. Kaladin ties bundles of the reed to the bottom of the cart to conceal them. Syl comes to him excitedly, telling him that she led Rock to a pile of dung as a joke. He makes small talk with the bridgecrew, trying to soften their attitude towards him, with little success. Kaladin realizes that even though he has saved lives in Bridge Four, no one will follow his leadership unless he finds a way to make their lives worth living.

Later, Kaladin, Rock, and Teft sneak into the wagonyard to retrieve the knobweed. Relieved that it’s still there and not too dried out, they head to the place where Syl found chipped, discarded liquor bottles to use for the knobweed sap. They then head to the Honor Chasm to squeeze the sap into the bottles.

While working, they talk. Teft asks Kaladin why he tries to lead the bridgecrew. Kaladin says that the responsibilities of the bridgeleader are his to decide. Kaladin asks Rock how he came to be a bridgeman. Rock tells him that his leader, or nuatoma, dueled Highprince Sadeas to try to win Shardplate. When he lost, Rock, his cousin and servant, became bound to Sadeas. He was a cook, until he snuck chull dung into Sadeas’s food, which caused his fall to bridgeman status. Teft asks Kaladin for his story explaining why he is a bridgeman. Kaladin says that he killed a man, though it wasn’t murder and he was thanked by someone important. He cryptically says that he is a bridgeman because a lighteyes did not take it well when he turned down a gift.

AppearancesEdit

Character Type Description
Kaladin POV Collects the knobweed sap, talks with Rock and Teft while milking it. Shares a little about his past with them.
Rock Appeared Assists in finding the knobweed sap, shares how he came to be in bridge four.
Teft Appeared Assists in finding the knobweed sap, and helps milk the reeds while talking with Rock and Kaladin.
Sadeas Mentioned Rock tells of his masters duel with Sadeas, and the feast he makes for Sadeas afterwards.
Syl Appeared Assists at finding the knobweed sap, plays a prank on Rock by leading him to a pile of dung.
Dunny Appeared Collects rocks, is not happy that Kaladin traded jobs with Bridge Three.
Earless Jaks Appeared Collects rocks, is not happy that Kaladin traded jobs with Bridge Three.
Jezerezeh Mentioned Kaladin says a silent prayer to him that the wagons arent check when they return to camp.
Natam Appeared Collects rocks, is not happy that Kaladin traded jobs with Bridge Three.
Gaz Mentioned Kaladin thinks it would be easier if he come blame the duty trade on him.
Skar Appeared Collects rocks, is not happy that Kaladin traded jobs with Bridge Three.
Leyten Mentioned Kaladin needs to collect the knobweed sap, otherwise Leyten will die.
Ishi Mentioned Teft says a prayer to him when they retrieve the bundle of reeds.
Kelek Mentioned Used as a curse by Teft.
Wistiow Mentioned Kaladin remembers the times he interacted with him
Roshone Mentioned Kaladin remembers the times he interacted with him
Amaram Mentioned Kaladin finds it painful to remember the events with Amaram.

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