Fridge: Interesting Times
- Cohen and the Horde are foreign ghosts: they can walk through walls! (This is pretty much explicitly stated throughout the book, but it's a good encapsulation of the culture shock that everyone experiences when the Barbarians and the Great Wizard come to the Empire.)
- Faced with five armies and a butterfly-conjured storm, Cohen finds himself wishing there'd been at least one god whose temple he hadn't sacked in his long career. Unbeknownst to him, there is one: the Lady, whose side he's unwittingly fighting for in the game of Mighty Empires, and whose temple he couldn't have looted (because she doesn't have any temples).