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Summary:White Sand Volume 1

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This page contains a chapter by chapter summary of the first volume of White Sand. We hope this summary will make it easier to find specific areas of the graphic novel, as well as providing a quick plot refresher for anyone who doesn't want to take the time to reread the entire volume.

Chapter 1: Relentless[edit]

Kenton, a weak but skilled sand master, is determined to run the Mastrell's Path in order to prove that he deserves the highest rank among the sand masters. His father, the Lord Mastrell Praxton, objects strongly due to Kenton's lack of strength, and the two argue bitterly. Kenton has stubbornly refused advancement in the past, not wanting to settle for a lower rank that will limit future advancement. Undermastrell Elorin warns Kenton but permits him to test himself against the Path. Mastrell Traiben, Kenton's longtime friend despite a significant difference in rank, discourages Kenton strongly as well, but Kenton persists.

Elorin explains how the challenge works: Kenton must make his way across the Kerla in a limited time and collect five red spheres along the way. He cannot bring any water. Praxton complains that Kenton should not be allowed to bring a sword, but Elorin allows it as it is not explicitly forbidden by the rules.

As he begins the Mastrell's Path, Kenton reflects on the day he was admitted into the Diem as an Acolent. He displayed only the smallest measure of potential in sand mastery, a fact which embarrassed his father. He joined despite protests from his father that he should pursue another profession. Kenton collects the first four spheres to thoughts about how he makes up for lack of power with his skill, precision, and speed.

When he approaches the fifth and final sphere he discovers it is guarded by a sandling which emerges from the deep sand. He is apparently supposed to use slatrification to drive off the creature, whose shell is damaged by water, but he is unable to perform this skill. While dodging the creature's attacks, Kenton notices a sixth sphere and is determined to collect it. He is ultimately able to dig into the sandling's shell with his sword and use his sand mastery to kill the massive beast. Kenton collects the sixth sphere and passes out from near dehydration.

Chapter 2: Advance[edit]

Kenton awakes the next day to learn that the sixth sphere was not part of the test--it must have been left over from a previous test. In fact, few sand masters are even able to obtain all five spheres. He has also ruined the test by killing the sandling which is always made to guard the final sphere.

On his way to the ceremonies where the Lord Mastrell will present new ranks and sashes before the entire Diem, Kenton hears rumors from Acolent Dirin that Mastrell Drile, and a group of followers, have hired themselves out as mercenaries. Praxton expresses his disapproval to Drile. The ceremonies begin as all of the sand masters share a drink of water from a common bowl, though Drile refuses to partake. After most of new ranks and sashes have been bestowed, Drile is called before Lord Mastrell Praxton and demoted to a relatively low rank, which he angrily accepts. Kenton is then presented with the lowest rank, because he disobeyed his fathers orders by taking the test. Kenton refuses. His father then indicates Drile's former sash on the ground and advances Kenton to Mastrell, but remarks that the others will always hate him and never believe that he deserves it.

The Lord Mastrell is suddenly struck with an arrow, and a battle ensues. Kerztian warriors attack by surprise in great numbers and the sand masters are unprepared. Kenton notices that the sand masters seem to be overmastering and dehydrating remarkably fast. Kenton tries to rally the sand masters and help the wounded, but they are unable to stop the hordes of warriors who have come against them. The Lord Mastrell screams loudly and begins glowing with power. As his final act, Praxton releases a tremendous barrage of power that leaves himself dead to numerous arrows while Kenton is buried beneath a wave of sand.

Chapter 3: Currencies[edit]

Kenton awakens and emerges from the sand sometime after the battle has ended. The Kerztians are gone and only dead sand masters remain. He crawls to a nearby tent and passes out again. He is awakened by Baon and professor Cynder, who are followed by the Duchess Khrissalla and professor Jon Acron. At first they believe he cannot understand them, but Baon recognizes that Kenton speaks their language. Kenton explains that his mother was from Darkside.

The group has traveled from Darkside in search of Gevalden, Khrissalla's fiance who is presumed dead, and a weapon that he sought. Their guide has abandoned them and they are in need of water. Kenton shows them how to retrieve water from dorim vines beneath the sand and offers to guide them to the nearest city in Lossand. Khriss reveals along the way that she is searching for the "sand mages", though Kenton does not speak Dynastic well enough to understand that she is referring to the sand masters.

They arrive in a village and as they restock on supplies Kenton discovers that sand masters are not well liked in the area because of recent political pressure from the Kerztians, whose high priest will likely gain the role of king in the upcoming Choosing. He also learns that he is not the only sand master to have survived the battle. Before leaving he accidentally drops his sash in the open and is noticed by some local Kerztians. After leaving the village, they are ambushed by Kerztian warriors. Most of them attack Kenton who tries to defend himself with his sand mastery, but he finds that his powers are not working.

Chapter 4: Divides[edit]

Baon kills two of the warriors with his gun then threatens another. The remaining warriors retreat. Upon inspecting the dead warriors, Kenton notes that they bear the marks of both warrior and priest on their foreheads. He remarks that their shaved heads and lack of armor are an oddity. The others in the group remained on their tonks, which burrowed into the sand at the first sign of trouble. Kenton helps them out while Khriss explains the pistol to Kenton and wonders aloud why he was the apparent target of the attack. Kenton angrily evades her questioning. Two days later they arrive in the city of Kezare and part ways.

Trackt Ais chases down a Kerztian criminal, Lokmlen, who murdered three trackts during a recent raid. Ais is searching for the man's master, someone named Sharezan. The man accuses her of being a traitor to her people, as she herself is Kerztian. She catches Lokmlen and the two fight, but Ais is bested. She is nearly killed when a stranger, Aarik, steps in and helps her capture the criminal.

Kenton arrives at the Diem which appears to be empty until Dirin appears. Dirin explains that everyone is at the Hall of Judgement, as the Taishin is going to choose Drile as the new Lord Mastrell. Suspecting that Drile was behind the Kerztian attack and knowing that he now outranks Drile, Kenton hurries to the Hall of Judgement. On his way, he discovers that his powers are not only back but stronger than ever. He interrupts the meeting and explains that he outranks Drile, but learns that the Taishin is actually planning to dissolve the the Diem altogether.

Chapter 5: Compromises[edit]

At the site of the raid that was conducted earlier, Ais discovers a man kept prisoner behind a trap door. The man, Torkel, was an advisor to the Lord Merchant, who went missing last year. Torkel was imprisoned and tortured after trying to go back on an agreement with Sharezan. Ais swears she will catch him, naming him by the alias Nilto.

Elsewhere in Kezare, Khriss and her group of Darksiders are led by a guide to the Darkside Quarter. The existence of this part of the city surprises the group, as the Dynasty apparently doesn't want people to know that there is traffic between Dayside and Darkside. They pay their guide to lead them to someone in charge, who turns out to be a Darksider named Loaten, a man branded a traitor who was supposedly executed for attempting to murder Emperor Skathan. Loaten was expecting Khriss's arrival and seems to know a great many things, but he does not answer many of Khriss's questions concerning her fiance and the "sand mages" he sought. Loaten reveals that the guide, N'Teese, works for him and asks her to stay with Khriss. At the end if the meeting, Nilto enters the room with his face wrapped and is revealed to be the Lord Beggar, one of the Taishin. He orders Loaten to send Khriss away. As Khriss exits the room, Baon recognizes Loaten and draws his gun before Khriss orders him to stand down. The guards are revealed to carry guns.

At the Taishin Meeting Hall, the council explains that the Diem has been a drain on tax money. The sand masters are seen as arrogant and unproductive, and some feel their powers are dangerous and unholy. All but one member votes to dissolve the Diem. However, Kenton successfully argues that the results most be declared void as he, being the acting Lord Mastrell, was not informed of the meeting. The Lady Judge Heelis acquiesces, but declares that another vote will be held in two weeks' time and that a unanimous vote will be required to overturn the previous decision. In private, afterwards, Lady Heelis warns and encourages Kenton.

Back at the Diem, Drile contends for the loyalty of select Acolents. After rejecting Kenton's authority on the basis of his greater strength, Kenton reveals his newfound powers. Drile claims Kenton betrayed the Diem and the two begin to fight.

Chapter 6: Challenges[edit]

While the two fight, Kenton calls out Drile as a traitor. When Kenton is victorious he drives Drile out and demands that he leave his sash behind.

Assuming that Gevalden would have spoken with the Taisha, Khriss has N'Teese arrange meetings with all of the Profession leaders. Khriss works on fixing a lock for Cynder as she attempts to set up appointments with seven of the eight Professions to no avail. They plan to make a visit to the Lord Mastrell the following day.

The Lady Judge pays a visit to Ais and asks her to spy on Kenton for the next two weeks, putting aside her negative bias towards the sand masters. Ais returns home for the evening, bitter about her new assignment. She sends her daughter to bed, and her husband expresses concern for her and the family's safety as they have received a threatening letter from Sharezan.

At the Diem, Kenton struggles with self doubt in his father's old rooms. Aarik arrives outside the Diem and joins Kenton- the two have not seen one another three years. They spend the rest of the day catching up. The next morning, Kenton is working on how to overcome the Diem's elitism when Drile and his followers arrive wearing black belts over their sashes. Kenton expresses to Aarik his suspicion that Drile was the traitor. He and Dirin wonder if Drile poisoned the water that the Mastrells drank.

Just before Kenton moves to address Drile, Khrissalla and Baon arrive. She is surprised to discover that Kenton is the Lord Mastrell, feeling she has been lied to, and she is shocked to discover that Kenton is one of the "sand mages" she has been searching for.

Notes[edit]

This meta article is complete. It was last reviewed 2016-12-21