Now that the Band of the Hawk is the rising star of the Midland army, Griffith has earned himself a place at royal war councils. And he shocks his fellow commanders by agreeing to capture the fortress of Doldrey, on the border between Midland and Chuder, which conventional holds to be nigh-impregnable. What’s more, he insists he can take on its garrison of 30,000 men, including Chuder’s finest knight corps, with only the Band of the Hawk, whose numbers are a mere 5000.
Meanwhile, Griffith’s speech on dreams and ambition, and what it takes for two people to be equals, plagues Guts with doubts. As the Hawks ride towards what seems an impossible task, and Gut’s relationship with Casca starts to bloom, he struggles with whether is place is truly at Griffith’s side.
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