Whispering Reeds enter the tourney. over the course of ten days he fights and defeats his opponents by day, and makes political alliances and deals by night.
He nearly dies during the finals when he exposes his opponent is the Fair Folk Blood Spattered Blossom in disguise. Causing him to be cut down and greviously wounded.
Observing the match, Red Serpent’s Eye jumps into the arena and slays the meddling Fair Folk.
The governer declares Whispering Reeds the winner, and he is given the best medical treatment the district can provide.