Just as a heads up, I'm coming up with this story as I go-- which is kind of a fun experiment. In truth, the nugget of the story about Lakhoni has been percolating for some time, but much of this has been pretty much spontaneous. I point this out because as experiments go, I recommend this one. I'm learning to fight the internal editor off, leaving ever more grievous wounds on him after each battle.
Right then, here's the chapter: