|Blood and Bone|
|Chapter 1||Chapter 2|
|Chapter 3||Chapter 4|
|Chapter 5||Chapter 6|
|Chapter 7||Chapter 8|
|Chapter 9||Chapter 10|
|Chapter 11||Chapter 12|
|Chapter 13||Chapter 14|
There are many tattooed men and women. Tattoos are often religious incantations or symbols. They are held to offer protection against illness, curses and to ward off the attention of ghosts. The more superstitious the person, the more tattoos they are apt to have. Since tattooing is very painful, the victim chews mind-dulling leaves or inhales stupefying smoke, without relent, for the days of the operation.Matha Banness
Saeng and Hanu reach an apparently deserted village. The villagers have been captured by a bandit troop led by Kenjak Ashevajak, and will be sold into slavery. Saeng lets herself be captured. That night she summons power and spirits. The bandits flee.
The Adwami army led by Warleader advances, though in some disorder due to tribal rivalries. Prince Jatal scouts ahead and encounters Princess Andanii, whose tribe is a traditional enemy of his. They talk; she seems to be proposing an alliance, if not more.
Sister Spite sends Murk and Sour to find a way into the heart of the Dolmens. They realise that it is a Chaining, a prison where a fragment of the Shattered God is bound. They discuss this with Spite, who intends to enter it.
Kenjak Ashevajak has lost most of his bandit supporters, and wishes to revenge himself on Saeng. He approaches Pon-lor and his detachment in disguise and tells him where he can find a witch and their missing yakshaka.