I had forgotten panels 1 and 2 here. The follow-up on the gnomes’ escape is nice, just in case anyone was concerned that Ardaic’s “They are sorely mistaken” would prove prophetic. But the portrayal of protest even in the age of Taro is no small thing. Those sign-carriers are willing to put themselves at more risk than those in a more dissent-tolerant society. That kind of courage is valuable and important.

Lots of title-inspired imagery as we move to the big finish. Even Best’s signature color looks like something we totally planned: the words themselves are gold! (Just an accident, of course.)