Maketa Seenaë Dyren returns to the great hall. She manages to get the attention of The Motley Fool, and he agrees to meet up with her and Sir Syman of Tolfane so they can speak privately. Seenaë approaches the Chabla, asking to speak privately with him in his office. He sends a messanger to find The King’s Fool and ask him to join them, and he and Seenaë proceed to his office.
Seenaë meets with the Chabla, the King’s Fool, and the Prince’s Fool. She informs them about the questioning of Hijan and the suppositions of the existence of another assassin. They decide that all they can really do at this point is to keep an eye out for possible dangers, as they don’t have very much concrete information. Seenaë will speak with the party in the morning about what happened and what they can do.
After the meeting, Seenaë goes to speak with Prince Anaflas Milaka. She tells him about the interrogation and the possible second assassin. He agreed to have his rooms searched again. They also discuss the Northern lords, and what the Prince is looking for in a bride. Seenaë takes her leave, and seeks her bed.
Seenaë attends dawn services in the church of the Order of Hyvrik.
Winter Court, Day One
Day One of court involves introductions and gifts to the Prince. At one point, Seenaë takes Nina aside to tell her about the conversation she had the previous evening with the Prince. Many of the potential brides on the list Nina has are presented. The Prince is polite to all of them, showing no particular favour to any of them. All the ladies took particular care with their attire this morning. The Irien ladies noticeably spend the most money on this. The Northern Lords are introduced to the Prince. He steps down from the dais and shakes their hands and greets them individually. Court breaks up soon after.
Seenaë goes to speak with Sir Reynald Milaka – they have a shopping date. She meets Derelin Gevassa, who was also introduced at Court that morning. Seenaë and Sir Reynald go to the market, and she gets his help in procuring gifts for her father and brother. He helps her select two knives for them. He tried to buy her an expensive gift as well, and decides to get something to adorn her weapon. Seenaë also gets a gift for young Yuri of Dunir (a windup bear) and something for the party to give the Prince (a set of clockwork knights that run at a tilting ring).