Corthen is healed in the morning before his 3rd and final Honor Duel. He meets Jorg Blackpool, the Lathkule champion on the floor of the arena. The middle-aged swordsman is armed with a bastard sword, shield, and wears plate armor. The warriors engage one another on the field and trade blows back and forth. Corthen battles Jorg moving about the arena in a fierce display of arms. In the end, Corthen collapses to the earth unconscious, but he fought valiantly and was in the fight until the end.
Corthen wakes once again from the care of the healer employed by the arena. He is glad to have the honor duels over with, even though he had hoped to win these contests. Upon leaving, several of the swordsmen who are employed at the field tell him that he has nothing to be ashamed of. One named Caladorn says that the noble houses employ the most experienced warriors they can buy and few can do much against them.
Tellazar, Samira, and the others bring up Corthen’s horse so that he can ride back to his manor house in the North Ward. Once they arrive at the grand house, the group taps a keg of ale and spend the afternoon drinking and swapping tales until an exhausted Corthen falls asleep in his chair.