Hence the King from Kagehana, Pt. I

He shrugged into the straps of his cricket box and tested the mask of noise over the shuffle of his footsteps. The jostle irritated a chorus of angry chirping from the little territorial males. They didn’t like being forced together. Saga for his part offered them the only advice he knew: “Time is the mother of chance.” It was the Twelfth Knot and the favorite saying of Kagehana’s escape master. Employ enough patience and even the strongest prisons will show you a way out.

Saga wasn’t sure he believed it. But when it came to the Knots, belief was insignificant.
Read This Quickly, For You Will Only Have a Moment…

The one who brings your food is named Osla. My birds are trained well, and this one will have struck at his eyes. Take this parchment quickly, speak his name, and he will fall like the rain outside your window. You must move quickly, for the first guard will be at the door.

...before the tapping of a beak upon the glass calls your guards as well.
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The Judge’s Right Hand

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