Hundreds of years in the past, Kirigan, then known as the Darkling, rides a horse through the woods, arriving at a secluded cabin. He’s greeted by a woman, Luda, a Healer. They begin to pack up to go on the run, but soon the cabin is surrounded by soldiers. They’re here for the Darkling. He pretends to surrender, allowing the soldiers to shoot him with their arrows (guns, it seems, have not yet been invented) as Luda heals him from inside. He’s hoping to intimidate them, convince them that he is a god. But, a soldier searches the house and finds Luda. It seems Luda and the Darkling have been training Grisha in secret, and the soldiers kill her on the spot. Furious, the Darkling snaps all of the men in half, grabs an injured Luda and goes. He takes her to the Sanctuary — which looks suspiciously like the Little Palace — where Grisha have been hiding out, but it’s clearly too late for her. Upset by her death, the Darkling goes to check on his mother, Baghra. She has to go, he says, the King is coming after the Grisha and he wants to kill them all.