Farkas the Bastard stalks into the palace, looking for the traitor to the King that he suspects is in the King’s Court. He finds the noble Lady Jezebel, who complains about the advances of TonTon, and tells Farkas of TonTon’s sleeping nook behind a palace staircase.
Farkas finds TonTon there and intimidates him into leaving his nook without having the time to take his things with him. Farkas searches for something to link TonTon to the Lion, but finds nothing. He takes one of TonTon’s matched throwing daggers, though. TonTon takes refuge in the kitchens, where he entertains and helps with the cooking.
Meanwhile, Taneskel is tailing the Court Librarian, who is deep in conversation with the Court Wizard. Farkas notices him and stops to question, but is allayed by the aura of fear that seems to flow out of Taneskel. The Librarian and Wizard enter the Chancellor’s offices. Taneskel convinces the guards outside the offices to leave, and then eavesdrops on the discussion between the Chancellor, Librarian, and Wizard regarding a particular book from the secret library.
Idle in the courtyard with his master’s horse, Khunbish practices his trick bow skills, but manages to frighten, rather than awe, spectators.