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Apr 24 2014 12:00pm

The Way of Kings Reread: Chapter 69

Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. Today I cover Chapter 69, the final chapter in Part Four. Sadeas tells Navani a bunch of lies, gives his evil villain speech to Dalinar, and is rewarded in a somewhat surprising fashion!

My high school chanting of “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!” leads to nothing, and the symbolism is big and obvious, but in the end what really matters is that Dalinar is a really weird dad to a bunch of people who aren’t actually his children. Why don’t you ever weirdly adopt daughters, Dalinar? Why? ANSWER ME!

Chapter 69: Justice
Points of View:
Navani / Dalinar / Kaladin
Setting: The Shattered Plains, Sadeas’s Warcamp

What Happens: Navani barges through Sadeas’s warcamp, struggling to maintain her composure in the wake of the news from the plateau assault. The guards at the camp are unable to keep her out because they are forbidden from touching the king’s mother. She sees Sadeas in his untouched Shardplate consulting with officers and approaches his canopy, where guards at last manage to halt her progress. Navani hasn’t bothered to announce herself, and now Sadeas is stalling her to collect himself.

As she waits, Navani reflects on a time when she would have played this game of propriety perfectly. She was a natural at court, but all it got her was “a dead husband whom she’d never loved and a ‘privileged’ position in court that amounted to being put out to pasture.” She’s considering a screaming fit when she spots Renarin approaching.

The young man asks her if she’s heard anything, and she fills him in on the rumors of a rout. Sadeas allows them to approach at last, and tells Navani that Dalinar has died. Navani and Renarin reel, but Navani collects herself and orders him to explain. Sadeas delivers a number of lies, but swears vengeance for Dalinar with such earnestness that Navani almost believes him. She looks at Renarin and thinks that he is now a highprince, but shakes that off.

Navani calls for a brush and her “burn ink,” and begins painting. Dalinar has no daughters and no wife, no one to burn a prayer for him, so she makes one, losing herself in the act of creation. When she finishes, Sadeas’s warcamp has been adorned with a twenty-pace thath glyph: Justice. She burns it, sending the soul of the prayer to the Almighty.

The quiet of the watching crowd is broken when a messenger appears for Sadeas. The highprince takes him aside, and Renarin joins Navani. When Sadeas returns, furious, they follow the line of his vision and see “a creeping line of men limping back toward the warcamps, led by a mounted man in slate-grey armor.”

It’s gonna go down.

Dalinar approaches Sadeas’s warcamp riding Gallant and clad in his Shardplate, hastily patched with the remaining Stormlight from the army and augmented with Adolin’s gauntlet. Dalinar wants nothing more than to take up his Blade and kill Sadeas, but he knows he won’t. Alethkar takes precedence over revenge. He orders his wounded to be taken back to the Kholin warcamp, then to mobilize the remaining companies, prepare them for anything.

Dalinar turns and approaches the bridgemen, led by Kaladin. He suggests they accompany the wounded back to his camp. When Kaladin verifies that Dalinar plans to confront Sadeas, he says he’s coming too. Kaladin is no more successful in sending his own men away, and Dalinar is struck again by their discipline.

As they ride into the warcamp, he sees the crowd gathered around the glyph, and picks out Navani and Renarin among them. Both Renarin and Navani are overjoyed to see them, although Navani plays it cool at first. When he realizes how terrified Navani was, Dalinar grabs her in a hug, and tells her of his revelations on the battlefield, and tells her he’s realized something important.

But the time is not right to discuss it. Dalinar tells Adolin to keep his Blade as mist and the men calm, and approaches Sadeas. He demands to know why Sadeas betrayed him, and receives an evil villain speech in return. Apparently Sadeas thought that this betrayal was necessary to fulfill his oath to defend Elhokar and Alethkar, but he’s also in it for the power. Typical. He also reveals that he never tried to frame Dalinar for the saddle girth incident because it wouldn’t work. No one would believe he’d try to kill Elhokar, especially not Elhokar. The king apparently knew Dalinar didn’t do it. Dalinar ends their conversation by thanking Sadeas for showing him that he’s still a threat worth trying to remove.

Kaladin watches this conversation from the sidelines. Matal, in turn, watches him. Kaladin draws grim satisfaction from the fact that Matal didn’t kill him in time, but is mostly concerned that he doesn’t know what’s happening to him, and exhausted by the Stormlight drain. He’s intent on seeing things through.

The quiet conference between Sadeas and Dalinar breaks up, and Sadeas tells Dalinar to take his men back to camp, since their alliance has proved unfeasible. Dalinar says he’s taking the bridgemen with him, but Sadeas refuses to let them go. Kaladin watches with a sinking sensation, knowing that another promise is about to be broken. Dalinar bargains, offering to pay whatever price Sadeas named, but Sadeas insists that nothing will satisfy him. Dalinar tells Sadeas not to press him on this point, and the tension that had been easing between the armies resurges. Sadeas demands that Dalinar leave, and Kaladin turns away, hope dying. As he does, he hears gasps of surprise, and he whips back to see Dalinar standing with Shardblade in hand. The soldiers begin drawing weapons, but Dalinar takes a single step forward and plunges the Blade into the ground between him and Sadeas. He offers it in trade for all the bridgemen.

Sadeas is dumbstruck, but contemptuously takes the deal. Kaladin is stunned, and hurries after Dalinar, begging to know what happened.

“What is a man’s life worth?” Dalinar asked softly.

“The slavemasters say one is worth about two emerald broams,” Kaladin said, frowning.

“And what do you say?”

“A life is priceless,” he said immediately, quoting his father.

Dalinar smiled, wrinkle lines extending from the corners of his eyes. “Coincidentally, that is the exact value of a Shardblade. So today, you and your men sacrificed to buy me twenty-six hundred precious lives. And all I had to repay you with was a single priceless sword. I call that a bargain.”

Who could argue with that math? Dalinar proceeds to take care of his other business.

Dalinar approaches Elhokar in his palace, clad in Shardplate. He interrupts the king’s pleasantries by viciously assaulting him, kicking and punching his breastplate apart, leaving him helpless son the ground. Elhokar calls for his guards, but Dalinar tells him that those guards are his, men, trained by and loyal to him. No one is coming to save him.

Dalinar accuses Elhokar of cutting his own girth, and forces the confession. Dalinar goes on to say that, in his attention-seeking attempt to manufacture an investigation, Elhokar gave Sadeas the opportunity to destroy him. He determines, however, that since Elhokar didn’t put the cracked gemstones in his Plate, there may be an actual assassin out there. That doesn’t, however, mean he’ll let Elhokar up now.

Dalinar makes it clear how easily he could kill Elhokar. He’s strong enough and skilled enough that he could have killed him at any time, and no one would have stopped him. Most of the Alethi would even have praised the choice, been satisfied that the Blackthorn was finally taking over. “Your paranoia may be unfounded,” Dalinar says, “or it may be well founded. Either way, you need to understand something. I am not your enemy.”

Elhokar asks if this means Dalinar isn’t going to kill him, and Dalinar replies that he loves Elhokar like a son. Elhokar points out legitimate grievances with Dalinar’s parenting instincts (protip parents: don’t break your son’s breastplate with your hands and feet), but Dalinar says he was doing this to demonstrate that he doesn’t want Elhokar dead.

Dalinar tells him how things are going to go now. Elhokar is going to name him Highprince of War, they’re going to corral the highprinces, treat them like children until they can become adults. They’ll enforce the Codes, determine which armies go on which plateau assaults, take all gemhearts as spoil, and distribute them personally. Elhokar is worried they’ll kill them for this, but Dalinar has ideas about his guard detail.

Elhokar points out that Dalinar used to think it was wrong to force the Codes on people, but Dalinar says that was before the Almighty lied to him. He was treating the highprinces like reasonable adults, rather than bickering children, but now that he sees them as they truly are different tactics are called for. They’re going to turn Alethkar into a place of unity and honor, or die trying.

Oh, also Elhokar, Dalinar is totally dating your mom now.

DEAL WITH IT.

Dalinar drops the mic, and the chapter ends.

Quote of the Chapter:

“Much of what I told you, I learned from The Way of Kings. But I didn’t understand something. Nohadon wrote the book at the end of his life, after creating order—after forcing the kingdoms to unite, after rebuilding lands that had fallen in the desolation.

“The book was written to embody an ideal. It was given to people who already had momentum in doing what was right. That was my mistake. Before any of this can work, our people need to have a minimum level of honor and dignity. Adolin said something to me a few weeks back, something profound. He asked me why I forced my sons to live up to such high expectations, but let others go about their errant ways without condemnation.

“I have been treating the other highprinces and their lighteyes like adults. An adult can take a principle and adapt it to his needs. But we’re not ready for that yet. We’re children. And when you’re teaching a child, you require him to do what is right until he grows old enough to make his own choices. The Silver Kingdoms didn’t begin as unified, glorious bastions of honor. They were trained that way, raised up, like youths nurtured to maturity.”

This speech is cool and all, but what it mostly reveals is that Dalinar’s Intentional Parenting Style is… super condescending and corporal. See also Elhokar. Maybe don’t power-armor-kick your son across the room. Maybe don’t.

ON THE OTHER HAND PROBLEMATIC METAPHORS ASIDE, I think we all agree at this point that the highprinces need some reeducation. The best wisdom in this speech is Dalinar realizing that the lessons he’d been trying to apply to them weren’t anything they were ready for yet. Now he can correct his pedagogy.

Commentary:

Dalinar confronts Sadeas! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight… fight… fight? Fight… no fight.

Anyone else disappointed that, when these two men met in the middle of a ring of soldiers, standing on top of a giant symbol of justice, clad in armor, they didn’t brawl it out? Come on now, let me see those hands. DON’T YOU LIE TO ME.

Yes, I know it would have been a terrible plan on Dalinar’s part. His army has been thrashed, and Sadeas’s is at full strength, and those considerations don’t even take into account that Dalinar doesn’t want to split the kingdom in half. But the blocking of this scene still seemed to demand it.

As weird as the Elhokar scene is in retrospect, and hoooo boy is Dalinar’s dictating terms going to bring problems in Words of Radiance, there are some moments of amazingly fatherly wisdom from the Blackthorn. His fledgling relationship with Kaladin is explicitly paternal, and it’s very sweet to see. Kaladin already had a doctor daddy, but it’s great that he’s getting a battle daddy as well. I know how prone Kaladin is to expect betrayal, so I can forgive him reading Dalinar’s determined stance during the bridgemen argument as a preface for betrayal. It’s all worth it for the shock of Dalinar trading his Shardblade away.

Let’s talk about Navani, though. Her viewpoint proves how important it is to get points of view from the characters you’re unsure of. Navani always maintains a strong front, which contributes to the predatory feeling of her relationship with Dalinar, but this chapter completely humanizes her. This is a woman who played the political game at her own expense, made a marriage that she felt was best for her kingdom and herself, and put aside the man she was actually in love with. She lost her husband, but she still can’t be with Dalinar because of Gavilar, and she wants to push the politics of the world, but her position doesn’t allow for that. In a way she gets nothing that she wanted out of that marriage. And now, when she’s finally brought things around to where she wants them, she hears that Dalinar is dead?

Her response is perfect. The prayer is completely within her rights as a woman, guarded from criticism as an act of grief, but also politically biting. She burns the injustice that Sadeas has committed into the ground, demanding from the Almighty and his fellow men that what he did be witnessed and recognized for what it is. And then Dalinar comes back and sticks Oathbringer in the middle of the glyph.

It’s not subtle, but it is powerful.

So, Dalinar’s plan. Is it a good one? Is it actually an evolution of his character? Or is he just giving in to his long-held certainty that he’s the one who is right. His attitude, as I’ve hinted, will bring big problems in Words, and his plans themselves will also stir up a ton of trouble. There’s a rough road ahead, but at least he has a ton of bridgemen now!

And with that, we reach the end of Part Four, and approach Part Five, by far the shortest section. We’ve passed the climax, and the characters have all resolved themselves, set in the paths that will take them into Words of Radiance. What did you think of Part Four? I’ll see you in the comments!


Carl Engle-Laird is the editorial assistant for Tor.com, where he acquires and edits short fiction and writes about the Stormlight Archive. You can follow him on Twitter.

33 comments
Christopher Ballew
1. Rybal
I just loved the scene from WoR where Sadeas is looking at his brand new Shardblade, the thing that he's wanted for so long, and can't help thinking that Dalinar got the better of him in that deal.

I also love the question that is raised to Kaladin shortly after this chapter about what point it is that someone stops appearing honorable and just IS.
Anthony Pero
2. anthonypero
I think the problem with Dalinar's "parenting" style is in the actions, not in the general wisdom spoken here. That's the whole problem with parenting in general. Children do have to be required to do what is right. It won't come innately. The problem is that Dalinar is so sure that he knows what is right. And he doesn't, not yet. Not about everything. And none of us parents do either. Finding the balance is the most difficult thing we will ever do in our lives. And we are going to screw it up, a lot.
Deana Whitney
3. Braid_Tug
Okay, I had to laugh at “battle daddy.” It’s just such a cute phrase.

Parenting style: If you look at it in the context of teaching a 2-6 year old about not lying, morals, and all sorts of good behavior, it’s actually spot on. A 4 year old does not know morals, you help them along.
It’s just sad that the Highprinces are at the level of a 4 year old. Rather than an older child who can start making choices for themselves.

Stupidest thing I ever heard (parenting wise) was a guy who didn’t want to impose his moral judgment on an action to his 3 year old. Hello, the 3 yo doesn’t know enough to form their own “moral judgment!”

And you’re right, this scene opens up Navani. Makes me really curious about her relationship with Gavilar.
The thought of the 20ft glyph is also really impressive. I would love to see an artistic rendering of this scene.

Oh, Kaladin, hold onto this special feeling longer.
Adam S.
4. MDNY
Yeah, I'll admit it, Dalinar staying his hand was disappointing to my violence-craving self. The old Blackthorne would never have been so restrained.
Navani's thought on never truly loving her husband are a little...shocking. She tells Dalinar that she chose his brother because his intensity frightened her, but if she really loved him instead does that mean that she DID choose Gavilar because he was king, despite her claims to the contrary? Does she wish Adolin and Renarin were her sons, especially given the worry and disappointment she occasionally seems to express for Elhokar?
Elhokar- what a whiny little brat. He deserves a good spanking, rather than a shardplate pounding.
TBGH
5. TBGH
The most unexpected chapter in the book . . . and that's quite an accomplishment. If anybody tells me they foresaw any of the action in this chapter, I name them false. False I say!

I want to see this on screen almost as much as I want the lone bridge charge. The blocking setting up for the big revenge fight and then Dalinar finds a better way. The hero giving up the magic sword rather than seeking it. One side engaging in strategy while the other is thinking in tactics.

It's not subtle, but that message is STRONG. Do the right thing because it is the right thing. Great classic epic fantasy with a twist. Quintessential Sanderson. LOVE IT!
Jeremy Guebert
6. jeremyguebert
I love Dalinar's math. Mostly because of its fundamental assumption that a life is priceless.

Regarding Elhokar - I don't feel qualified to comment on Dalinar's "parenting" skills, not being a parent yet myself, but I really love the idea of showing Elhokar that he's not trying to kill him by putting them in a position where he absolutely could, and then deliberately choosing not to. Perhaps a bit dramatic, perhaps a bit over-the-top, but certainly effective.
Nadine L.
7. travyl
I loved everything about this chapter, starting with Navani's glyph, that the bridgemen "arranged themselves in a subtly hostile formation" when Dalinar goes to them, not trusting him, despite having risked their lives to safe him and his army. And then - the big twist with Dalinar giving away his Blade and Kaladin's "priceless" reaction.

I also approve of Dalinar's treatment of Elhokar, it was drastic, but it was effective. And after all this, the afterthought about Dalinar and Navani dating - and Elhokar's reaction to it - great.
John Hatteberg
8. Oronis
I cried the manly tears of manliness when I read this chapter.
Gary Singer
9. AhoyMatey
There are a few Dalianr typos in this awesome post. "Blad" too.

Dalinar buying the bridgemen's freedom with his Shardblade was the best scene ever. Well, until WoR. :)
Carl Engle-Laird
10. CarlEngle-Laird
@9 Aaaand now there aren't. Dalianr is really skillful with a Blad. That's the defense I'm going with.
Walker White
11. Walker
Anyone else disappointed that, when these two men met in the middle of a ring of soldiers, standing on top of a giant symbol of justice, clad in armor, they didn’t brawl it out? Come on now, let me see those hands.
Absolutely not. Driving the shardblade into the ground and yelling "For the bridgemen" is one of the most powerful scenes I have read in the past 30 years. A straight-up fight would not have anywhere near the same impact. It would have just been generic fantasy.
Jennifer B
13. JennB
I get the impression that Jasnah is much closer to Dalinar than to either of her parents. I would say Dalinar is very much her adopted father.
Adam S.
14. MDNY
@13 She is definitely close to him. Yet I find it odd. After all, until recent years Dalinar was the paragon of Alethi values, the greatest warrior in the land and nothing at all like a scholar or deep thinker. So why exactly was she so close to him?
Keith Buttram
15. Wookster125
I would have preferred a beatdown for Sadeas, much like Elhokar received, followed by the Shardblade slammed into the center of the glyph as payment for the bridgemen.

Best of both worlds, imo.
Jordan Hibbits
16. rhandric
@11, 12

I agree that Brandon's way is definitely much better. It was also unexpected, and initially disappointing, but that disappointment didn't last longer than a heartbeat (not 10, that's for sure ;).
Matthew B
17. MatthewB
As cathartic as a fight might have been, you can't begin to teach people to follow the codes by breaking them yourself.
Andrew Berenson
18. AndrewHB
MDNY @4 asked "Does she {Navani} wish Adolin and Renarin were her sons, especially given the worry and disappointment she occasionally seems to express for Elhokar?"

IMO no. I would offer up certain scenes in WoR as my evidence.

Your comments implicitly praise Dalinar for how he raised his sons. I would agree with such praise. But I think some of that praise may have to go to Dalinar's wife. Obviously, we do not know what type of mother she was. We may get some incite on later books (especially the one where the back story focuses on Dalinar -- we may even get her name). Nevertheless, I have not read anything (IMO) in WoK and WoR that would indicate she was a bad parent.

Thanks for reading my musings,
AndrewB
(aka the musespren)
TBGH
19. Fester
I love that Dalinar could give up his shardblade, but I've always though that, since slaves are slaves until they pay off their debt, couldn't Dalinar have just payed that, or given them the money to pay it off?
Adam S.
20. MDNY
@19 I don't think all of them can be bought- and could Kaladin ever become a free man, even if Sadeas didn't hate him personally? Not unless someone else owned him first. And not every bridgeman was even a slave, some were just pressed into it (e.g. former soldiers who didn't perform well or broke the rules). They had no choice but to become bridgemen, but they weren't all technically slaves (though most were).
Deana Whitney
21. Braid_Tug
@19: I think you missed the point.
Dalinar was offering to buy them from Sadeas. He was going to give money for the bridgemen.
Sadeas refused "at any price", but then the Shardblade was offered. That was a payment he lusted after too long to give up.

If you are saying , Dalinar could have sent all them back to camp with money to buy themselves. I think Sadeas would still refuse the money, because he would know the original source. And Dalinar and Kaladin might still see that a break in the promise, because it would not be the "instant" transfer this created. A few days, and probably some bloody runs would happen in-between.
Tricia Irish
22. Tektonica
A very very powerful scene. Dalinar and Sadeas confrontation was powerful, and unexpected. Dalinar living up to the codes really focuses how much treachery and devioiusness Sadeas embodies. Seeing Kaladin's fears confounded was priceless. Getting Navani's pov was very insightful. What a strong woman!

And Elhokar deserved his little "spanking". I think it really drove the point home of Dalinars' loyalty and love. So glad that scene ended with a bit of comic relief when he tells Elhokar he's seening his mother!
Christopher Smith
23. nerdalert
In my mind's eye, I can actually see Dalinar in his shard plate blowing Elhokar's mind with the "I'm dating your mom, DEAL WITH IT" comment, dropping the mic, and exiting stage right. A little anachornistic (sort of) but excellent combo scene there.

I was hoping to see some good leadership from Elhokar in Words. I won't be a spoiler here, but maybe we'll see something good come from this Uncle to Nephew beat down. It apparently will be FAR down the road.
TBGH
24. MAR
Re: Elhokar,

Sometimes a boy just needs a spanking.
Jeremy Guebert
25. jeremyguebert
Something fascinating I picked up while actually re-reading the chapter myself last night: "Dalinar mentally unlatched his gauntlet". I just noticed that for the first time myself, and it's incredibly interesting to me. What does this mean in terms of how he's able to control his armour? How is this similar or different to how the original Radiants' armour worked?

Also, we see again the Alethi/Vorin belief that you need to actually physically burn a prayer in order for the Almighty to hear it. I don't know exactly what to say about that, except to point out that it's an interesting cultural construct, and that I'm very glad I'm not a member of such a society - needing to first write it out (or pay someone else to), then having to a have a readily available way to burn it, seems like a whole lot more work than necessary. I'm curious what specific actions and/or theology led to this view.
Stuart Munson
26. Bored
@25

Just a theory, and based on Mistborn, but here are my thoughts. Mistborn Spoilers follow.

In Mistborn, the local Shards (Ruin and Preservation) couldn't see metal. This was linked to the fact that metal was key to using the "Powers" of that world.

On Roshar, all Power (investiture is what they call it in-universe) is linked to Stormlight. I suspect that Stormlight is in some way blinding to the local Shards and by burning the prayers (natural source of light), they can literally draw the attention of the Almighty. Something like this that seems so innocuous and brings depth to the in-world religious beliefs, but probably has a strong link to the reality they deal with is so wonderful and from my experience, typical of Brandon's world-building technique.
(Edited by moderator: spoilers have been whited out.)
Jeremy Guebert
27. jeremyguebert
That is a fascinating supposition about the possible reason behind the burning of prayers. I'm tracking with you on the possibility of the local Rosharan Shards being blinded by Stormlight, but I don't see a connection between that and the light from fire. Are you suggesting that because both fire and Stormlight are sources of light, that the Shards would notice the similarity to the thing that blinds them? Too much similarity would be counter-productive, I would think - it doesn't do anyone much good for the Almighty to only be able to notice prayers that he can't actually read.
TBGH
28. Blue Print
Although Dalinar's statement is the most powerful, somehow I feel that Sadeas's is the most telling, just not in the way he thinks.

“They’re worthless, you know,” Sadeas said. “You’re of the ten fools, Dalinar Kholin! Don’t you see how mad you are? This will be remembered as the most ridiculous decision ever made by an Alethi highprince!”
Alex Dekhtyar
29. email_animal
@14: We have no reasons to believe that Jasnah and Dalinar were always close. There are indications (not much of a WoR spoiler, so I won't be whitening anything out) in WoR that they were not as recently as the day of Gavilar's death.

Afterwards though, Dalinar became obsessed with Gavilar's pursuit of the Way of Kings (the in-story book), and Brandon's The Way of Kings makes it clear that he and Jasnah found some common ground in trying to put together Gavilar's intent.

So, Dalinar cleaned his act, started asking questions, and found the smartest person around to ask pose those questions to. Also, Jasnah is his closest female relative, which in Roshar means a lot of reading times spent together.
TBGH
30. Krizko
@8 Were you trying for HornEater ?
Karen Fox
31. thepupxpert
I think the scene between Dalinar and Sadeas may have actually trumped the scene with Kaladin jumping off the bridge and attacking the Parshendi. Very emotional and smartly written. I love Kaladin quoting his father in response to Dalinar's question about a life's worth... Any discussion on whether we all agree that Lirin is going to become a Radiant as well?
Leeland Woodard
32. TheKingOfCarrotFlowers
Sorry for bumping an old thread, but I've been busy the past couple of weeks and I've wanted to catch up, as well as post the herald icon and chapter title interpretations.

Chapter 69 is titled "Justice," for the thath glyph that Navani draws on Sadeas' floor. As an aside, I always pictured this moment as one of those big moments that Brandon likes to build up to in his books. I can just imagine her feverishly working on the glyph as the camera pans out to capture the whole of the glyph she's drawn.

The herald icons for this chapter are Shash/Nan.

The attributes associated with Shash are creative/honest. Shash is rarely seen when Shallan is not a viewpoint character, so I'd like to take a second to point out some of the ramifications of this. Now, before I say what I'm going to say, let it be known that the glyph could easily just be here because Navani is being well and truly honest. Personally, however, I think that there's a decent chance that Navani is a proto-radiant of Shallan's same order. The reasoning kind of delves into some WoR spoilers, so I will white them out here.

I suspect that Navani is a Lightweaver mainly because of a narration at the end of page 946. It reads:
Navani steeled herself, folding her arms, trying to quiet the screams of denial and pain that came from the back of her mind. This was a pattern. She often saw patterns in things. In this case, the pattern was that she could never possess anything of value for very long.

Patterns--sound much like the type of thinking that a Cryptic could get behind?

The second herald icon here is Nan, with divine attributes just/confident. As has been discussed previously, Nan is often shown where some particular injustice is found. I would argue that it's here because Navani learns of the injustice, and because of the injustice associated with the fact that Dalinar can't really move against Sadeas in a legal manner right now.
TBGH
33. MJJ
Good catch on Navani. I had forgotten that part and it definitely is foreshadowing.

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