Another wonderful installation. I love the world building aspect of your work - the complexity that you create makes compelling characters readers care about. It's all well and good to have Action! and Adventure! but what does that matter if you don't really care about the who and the why?
Contrary to what others have hinted; I hope Berat and Rebek's relationship remains non-romantic. I must believe that men and women are capable of being comrades-in-arms without the complications of romantic/sexual feelings. That kind of complexity is interesting enough, but it seems too predictable and "Hollywood."
Your chapters/vignettes/sketches are well worth the wait - thank you!