In The Company of Cowards
Rel Panace believes himself a coward for running from hoodlums who would beat him. Only the intervention of Coll, a man with a brand upon his left cheek, saves him.
Only those guilty of cowardice in battle are so branded. Coll and his companions call themselves the Rookschlo: The Betrayed.
Though branded cowards, soon the city will depend on the Rookschlo for salvation - and Rel with them.