Thankfully Ardruk had not been in the lab. Dalomo had left the corpse there along with a note that he would be back to talk, and Ardruk should wait until they talk to do anything with the body. Now he approached the richly decorated door to his lordships chambers, as he had many times in the past. This time though, two of Dalomo's grim faced guards stood outside the door. Dalomo could hear voices from inside, raised.
"Captain, this is intolerable. I will not be a prisoner in my own keep! You and your men are dismissed, go immediately."
"I'm sorry your Lordship, your own emergency protocols do not permit me to obey that order. If your lordship will be patient..."
"I've been patient enough, I have other work to be getting along with. You think this country runs itself. We would be better served if you were out investigating this disturbing occurrence?"
"But... , your Grace..."
"But nothing! You do believe I am myself I take it. "
Pause. Uncertainty in the Captain's voice, though Dalomo had told him less than an hour ago that Balun was not who he claimed to be. "Yes, your grace."
"Good, then take your men and depart, search the palace for other conspirators."