Act 2 - Specularum burning
Scene XIV - Back to Specularum, The 14th day (Thaumont, 14th 990 AC)
Speaking with the smiths, Dim learns that several thyatians have attacked guards or traladaran shops and houses, particularly in the Market, the Docks, the Old Quarter and the borders of the Nest. Other districts, like the Hill, Bricktop, the North and South End have been mostly spared, even if some traladaran houses have been damaged in the North and South End.
Now the army is everywhere, and so the situation is under control again.
During the day, Dim can still work at the forge as agreed previously with Grigory.
Bofar's help in the extensive repairs that the Hightower now needs is very much welcomed by Sergeant Reuben, Yuri and the other guards. Lieutenant Marcus is healing well. Lucius can help here if he wants.
Mitri and Sorcha should search for another house, as the former one they rented is burned down.
During the afternoon, a news spread around the city and reaches the Hightower too. The clerics of Saint Lucor have gone in front of the Ducal Stronghold, then they have lit some candles on the ground, standing still and looking at the castle.
Soon, other people joined them. In a hour, other clerics arrived, of Halav or Petra mostly, but even some of Tarastia from the Church of Karameikos. In another hour, men with the Vorloi and the Torenescu coats joined the silent vigil, and then even Philip Vorloi and Cristoph Torenescu themselves, standing together.
By the evening, a huge crowd had gathered.
The soldiers and the guards in the plaza, perplexed at first, then tried to send the people away but soon the size of the crowd made such an effort impossible, and eventually the guards and the soldiers themselves seemed more with the crowd than controlling the crowd.
By evening, member of the elven, dwarven, gnomish and halfling community of the city had joined the crowd too.
The significance of such a gathering was soon obvious to everyone. All the citizens of Specularum who wish to oppose both the traladaran and the thyatian extremism are asking the Duke to do something to stop the slavers and the ethnic violence.
Images of Saint Lucor and depiction of a young girl, obviously meant to be Taradain, are kept by many in the crowd, obviously both have been chosen as symbols of peace and integration.
The event is noteworthy, because it's the first time in the short history of the Grand Duchy of Karameikos that a Karameikan identity appears so prominently in public, manifesting a sizable number of people who identify themselves as citizens of a new nation, rather than Traladarans or Thyatians.