Shadow of the Torturer chapters one to four.
Severian the apprentice torturer and his companions sneak into a necropolis and encounter three revolutionaries robbing a grave, including the famed Vodalus. He saves Vodalus's life, and Vodalus gives Severian a coin.
We learn of the life of a torturer's apprentice, and how Severian nearly drowned just before the necropolis encounter swimming in the River Gyoll. Severian heals and briefly adopts a wounded "dog".