the smuggler’s bible

Palomides

He watches as they come through the city in high spirits, waving their spears and boasting. The crowd shuffles behind them into the tournament ground with a great deal of heavy sighing and melancholy expressions.

Palomides spits into the dirt. “You the guys?” he says.

“We’re the guys.”

“Okay.”

Two on one is a chump’s game. Palomides kills Helake on the first pass before the brothers are ready. This leaves him in the less complicated (but arguably tougher) position of having a fair fight against a man who hates him. Thus and so, they start in on the sword work.