Sword of the Lictor, chapters 13 to 16
Severian, leaving Thrax, travels through the mountains and comes to an isolated house, looking for food. While there, he encounters Agia, who tries to kill him, but the house has fallen on tragedy, and it is attacked by an alzabo, who has consumed two members of the household. Holding their memories, it seeks to consume the rest.
Severian defends the household, but gets no help from them and he is forced to fight in the dark. It is a stalemate, and Severian agrees to let the alzabo leave, vowing not to hunt it nor remain to defend the household- a woman, a boy with the same name as him, and an old man.
- The alzabo really is nightmare fuel. The minds held within it. Sure, just the memories of those eaten, for a little while, distorted through the beast's instincts..right?
- There's a revelation from Agia. Hethor was working for her, and the attacks on Severian by the salamander and the earlier notules were his doing. The sailors in the void know strange things.
- And in case we were waiting for it, we come to another Severian moral failing. I was impressed when he chose to defend the family, but he didn't stick to it, in almost a fit of pique at nobody giving him a light.