I started writing a new first chapter, now that I have finally worked out a more realistic idea for what Garedin's situation is. It isn't as exciting as the original draft of the first chapter, which I intend to use later, and I intend to figure out ways I can make this new beginning more riveting.
The new beginning has Marellas' Minister of Defense visiting the island where Prince Garedin is being held under house arrest by the Baron and Baroness of Liskell. I felt that I needed to provide a lot more background on the country's political situation than I did in the previous version.
I'll be adding more wordage later on today, I hope.