! Awesome plot twist !
Good on Tirin for recognizing that improved abilities are much more important than material gifts.
I was wondering where the story might go with the main antagonist dead and only the mopping up left to do.
As always, thanks for the story and artwork. (I vote on twc every day.)
@Lurker314: Mistress is not the Queen, but for all practical purposes she pretty much is (like a Prime Minister)
@Hank: Haha, one of my favorite movies of all time...
@Lloyd: Thank you so much for your compliments and for voting!!! Glad you like the new direction the story will be going.
@Quarktime: Weird Al is the GREATEST!
@Dragonrider: You mean Salockie (but Queenie could also be on the list too)
@Guesticus: Jerety is Dabney's slave (you wouldn't have known that at this point in the story, just figured I'd clarify) --- can't sell her home, but trashing it is a definite possibility (to the consternation of Dabney)
@Ganurath: you believe Dabs volunteered to be part of the Trial? Basically an indefinite duty? She was there until she managed to beat 12 Trialists, and they only had one Trial every year or so, just be glad it wasn't 12 consecutive wins!!
@Guesticus: Every Vay owns a slave --- when a Vay is serving time, their slave continues to maintain their master's home, but also help serve other masters (until their master is released). If a Vay dies, the slave is put on the auction block. If the Vay's slave dies, then she can go to the auction block to buy another one.