I think the hall of Judgment is overdue for it's appointment with the Window-washer's Guild, there's a bit of a smudge in upper right one there...
Jokes aside, I do like both the angle/details on this one here (and a change of setting for a couple of pages from the dark underground is a nice refresher to the fact that there is a world beyond the cellar), and the tension building in the narrative plot. Indeed, the city does seem to be in need of a little martial law until the Magistrate is found or a suitable substitute can fill in.
My first thought (before reading the narrative) was, "Who is that ball-gagged figure at the top window?"
Callista does seem to be the stories Teflon Lady, even more than Elina. She's interesting because she seems to have a deeper connection to the plot and the backstory than most of the others. She's also interesting because it seems like 'Kelli' would turn on her former employers in a heartbeat (and who would blame her) or any one else. I wonder if she was caught during the search for Drea or if she is still wandering naked in the Undercellar somewhere or trying to put as much distance between Dernhem and herself as possible. Either way there are some interesting possibilities with her. Hopefully we find out a little more over the course of Bookbinding.
Either way, it seems like Elina's luck is finally running out. That rope hanging from the ceiling and a bookcase full of enchanted books seem like really large Chekov Guns just waiting to go off. But I can't wait to see how it all plays out, she's got a naked conga line to join.
Well, it was kinda just dangling there. It's conceivable that it's the sort of thing Jervil found to be a festive decoration. But that seems unlikely.
Although, with everything Elina has been through and what she saw in her vision one would hope that she was smart enough to keep a wary eye on that sort of thing. So how the she ends up on the wrong end of it is a question I think we are all looking forward to seeing answered.
So, Elina is still in the Undercellar with the mirror of doom and who knows what else and she only has some redshirts to guard her. Sounds like a Luther idea.
I'm sure nothing could possibly go wrong for her now.