The united Princes of Glantri send word to Empress Eriadna of Alphatia, instructing her to surrender the assassins to Glantrian justice. Everyone expects that.
But it’s a surprise when Thincol I, Emperor of Thyatis, sends Alphatia a stern warning, saying that it is obvious the assassinations were performed by Alphatia in retribution for the death of General Torenal, and informing Eriadna that Alphatia will not be allowed to extend her territorial holdings through these treacherous means.
Eriadna of Alphatia replies that it was not involved in the deaths and that Thyatis had best keep its attention to its own territories. It is obvious from this event that Glantri and Thyatis have secretly achieved some sort of alliance.