|The Thousand-Fingered God|
|Chapter 1||Chapter 2|
|Chapter 3||Chapter 4|
|Chapter 5||Chapter 6|
|Beneath This Name|
|Chapter 7||Chapter 8|
|Chapter 9||Chapter 10|
|Shadows of the King|
|Chapter 12||Chapter 13|
|Chapter 14||Chapter 15|
|Chapter 17||Chapter 18|
|Chapter 19||Chapter 20|
|Chapter 21||Chapter 22|
|Chapter 23||Chapter 24|
Yareth Ghanatan, the city stands still
First and last and where the old causeway
Curves in its half-circle there are towers
Of sand seething with empires and
Marching armies, broken wing banners
And the dismembered lining the walkways
Are soon the bones of the edifices, warriors
And builders both, the city ever stands
To house insect hordes, oh those towers
Rear so proud, rising as dreams on the
Heated breath of the sun, Yareth Ghanatan.
The city is the empress, wife and lover,
Crone and child of the First Empire,
And I yet remain, with all my kin,
The bones in the walls, the bones
Beneath the floor, the bones that cast
Down this gentle shade – first and last,
I see what comes, all that has gone,
And the clay of my flesh has felt your hands
The old warmth of life, for the city,
My city, it stands still, and it stands,
Stands ever still.
(stela fragment, circa First Empire)
Seated on the roof of the inn, Apsalar comtemplates on the path she has chosen to take, thinking of walking away from it after it is done. When Cotillion arrives, she tells him of the Semk assassin of the Nameless Ones who killed Mebra. He informs her that Mebra's assassination was just cleaning house and tells her that Telorast and Curdle are now Edgewalker's agents. She tells him that she would be taking a detour to meet an unknown person. He leaves after warning her against trusting the ghosts.
As the sun rises, Apsalar goes to the city's caravan camps where she spies the caravan guards she'd met before. Deciding to question them and their master later, she returns to her room. There, she is told by the ghosts that her room was searched by a man who arrived via a warren.
Later that night, she returns to Mebra's hiding place via Shadow, accompanied by the two shades. In the warren, they spy Tiste Edur ships from afar. The shades also sense the presence of a throne but do not reveal which one.
At the hiding place, she finds that the place and his body were searched. The shades inform her that two persons are approaching, the Pardu caravan guards she met earlier. Apsalar swiftly knocks them out.
Questioning one, she is told that the two were shareholders in the Trygalle Trade Guild and were resting in the city after a mission delivering to Coltaine's Chain of Dogs and some altar stones to Y'Ghatan. Their master, Karpolan Demesand had sent them to Mebra for information. Apsalar tells her that he was killed by an agent of the Nameless Ones before knocking her unconscious.
The shades discover Mebra's hidden tablets containing information, among other things, on Duiker's attempt to rescue Heboric, Sha'ik's assassination, Heboric's presence at Sha'ik's side and the power in his hands, an outlawed Gral named Taralack Veed and the Nameless Ones.
Inside, he finds a K'Chain Nah'ruk who attacks him. After a long and brutal skirmish, Karsa succeed in skilling the Nah'ruk though he is badly injured.
Leoman and Corabb discuss their destination: Y'Ghatan. Corabb muses on the battle and glory to come, thinking back to Dassem Ultor's death during the last siege of the city. Leoman tells him that Dassem isn't dead and that he ascended. Corabb promises Leoman that he will be at his side to the very end.
The 14th Army meanwhile has realized that the rebels are heading to Y'Ghatan. Strings questions Bottle on his abilities and his knowledge on the Adjunct's doings. A way off camp, the two find Nil and Nether conducting a ritual. Sensing something, Bottle enters the circle to bring them back.
Quick Ben and Kalam have been sent ahead by the Adjunct, accompanied by Gesler's squad. The Adjunct wishes to reach Y'Ghatan before the rebels, thus preventing a siege, the only practical route being via warren. They notice that they are being followed, only to see several Skykeeps approaching.