Thomas rode by the assembled bands, close enough that any could have reached out and touched him. Geoff noticed that a rather curious sword bounced by Thomas’s side, and poked Marie in the ribs. “What’s that?”

“Thomas of Visreu is a peasant,” was her reply. “He killed his first enemy with a sickle. So as a reminder of that, he had his sickle-blade set into a hilt and he still bears it as a sword. He is sworn, after the revolt, to plunge it into the Prince-Regent’s heart himself.”

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