Gabriel returned to the study of the Immortals stronghold.
Fifteen dead Immortals, three dead dealers.
In the course of a few months, the old understanding between Immortals and demons – that humans were off-limits – crashed to the ground.
It had been where Wynn, the father of all the Immortals on the Council, had lain for hundreds of years before being dragged out by Sasha, the son who betrayed them all to Darkyn.
She hadn't outsmarted generations of deities and Immortals while laden with emotions, but she had still done it.
Rhyn and several other Immortals spilled out of the fortress.
The mating bond of the Immortals and deities and the blood bond of the demons were the two oldest bonds, unbreakable under the Immortal Code and from the laws older than the Code.
Immortals and death-dealers battled the remaining demons at the warehouse-sized storage facility where the demons had been gathering the human dead.
"Clear!" one of the Immortals shouted from the far end.
He went after Sasha when Sasha hurt his daughter and didn't stop raiding the Immortals until Sasha was dead.
The human senses that made her gasp at the colors of spring flowers were also ill-made to defend them against Immortals and deities.
The events he spoke of occurred just a few months before, when Darkyn was attacking the Immortals and before Rhyn took over the Council That Was Seven.
Deidre crossed to him, unafraid of the creature whose appearance often made grown Immortals quake and grovel.
She paused at an intersection to let a group of Immortals through, uninterested in talking to anyone just now.
It sounded as if half a legion of armed Immortals was chasing someone through the fortress.
What he saw was exactly how he pictured it: undisciplined scrambling by about a dozen Immortals in uniform.
He heard two of the Immortals shouting from down a nearby hall and saw the dark figure duck into a doorway.
The Immortals won't hesitate to hurt you.
His pace quickened, and he left the forest and trotted to the Immortals' stronghold.
Rhyn and Andre stood near Darkyn between two lines, one of Immortals and the opposite of demons larger than any Gabriel had ever seen.