While Zeddicus remains engaged elsewhere, securing the box of Orden, Richard suddenly encounters home town friend Chase and helps him escape D'Haharen troops. Informed their families suffer totalitarian occupation Richard returns with him and Kahlen. They find step-brother Michael, the magistrate, presides over prayer sessions thanking Darken Rahl for repelling the rapacious attacks of Gar-dragons. Richard's first lover Anna Brighton is securing the viceroy to find out what happens to her brother. Together they discover he's among many men supposedly conscripted, in fact sacrificed to the monsters. Michael is informed and a revolt plan hatched, which doesn't work out as planned.
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Viceroy. I invited you here for a meal, some conversation. I think maybe you have the wrong impression of me.
I can't help myself when I'm around you, Anna. If I didn't know better, I'd say you put me under an enchantment.
Do clever words like those make other girls swoon?
[pours him a drink
There are no others.
Mm. You expect me to believe that a dashing, brilliant man like you has no prospects other than a simple girl from Hartland?
Simple is not a word I would use to describe you, Anna.