Life's a Beach
Countess Venta Darkwater announces (somewhat abruptly) that she is going to finally retire back to her homeland and asks all and sundry to congratulate Lady Carita on her sudden ascension, as she has been the heir due to the sad loss of Darrow (and basically everyone else, yikes).
The traditional Thrax sniff at this, but they aren't SURPRISED. Of course a Lycene woman would do that - leave a rebuilding house in the hands of a married in (and ok, proven competent) Lady. Grr, that Venta. She probably feels the chill, even on the beach.