Rune gets right to the point, speaking the formal words to claim the throne. His cultivated show of strength works, and Lord Hawthorne does not risk challenging him directly.

Lord Redley, relieved that Rune is claiming the throne because it means they will not start a war this day, immediately “swears him in.”

In the last panel, Lord Redley and Justin eye each other, but do not speak. Justin is angry at his father for disowning him and even more angry that he’s never tried to talk to Justin about it. Lord Redley feels guilty because he realized (too late) that Justin did not do anything wrong. He never tried to contact Justin to make amends because he believes it is hopeless. He cannot restore Justin’s birthright, so he believes Justin will never forgive him.