An Age of Worms
As the yield of her mines faltered in the last decade, so faltered the fortunes of Luzane Parrin, inheritor of her mother’s proud legacy as one of the town’s wealthiest managers. First, a humiliated Parrin discharged her house staff. Then she scornfully sold her demesne to Balabar Smenk, who had rudely courted her for years despite the fact that she was married. Two years ago, her husband died mysteriously. She now clings to a hopeful relationship with Chaum Gansworth and a political alliance with Gelch Tilgast as the last defenses against Smenk’s disgusting advances.