His shoulders sag, bleakness overcoming him. He had been hoping, against all odds, that there was another explanation. Till now. "Murder in cold blood it is, then. If I have my way, you will be tethered until you can be handed over to the Rashemen Councils."
He turns his back to Elthan, in the manner of Dalese elders after they pronounce a condamnation.
Spoilercompletely extrapolating on the Great Dale culture here