1. Horizon says:

    Well, it was kind of implied during the crater hunt, but (for Balta), the timing could have been better. Mmmm, adding complications to problems!

  2. MikeyLikesIt says:

    Eh, it wasn’t the hook-up I expected, but it works for me. I can see how this is going to complicate things nicely.

  3. StyxD says:

    Well that… escalated somehat?
    Somehow, Balta doesn’t seem to happy about this.
    I would guess it’s because Kirie has become a kind of political hot potato, judging by the several last pages.
    Poor Balta.

    I dunno how I feel about all this, but it’s certainly gripping.

    A quick question about the last page: Did Vendess pierce Balta’s ear just like that, while they were in the desert?

    • Asterai says:

      Re piercing: That’s how it looks to me. Desperate times, circumvention of traditions, etc.

    • Meghan says:

      For the earrings, that’s pretty much it. He was gone all day, so he probably met with Jutayo, too, but it was a pretty abrupt thing with no special ceremony. Just here: have a new rank.

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