Maeve, I am sorry to be so late with the review, especially after you thanked me right at the beginning of the chapter!
I enjoyed the new chapter – it is great to see events from a different POV. Now Eärendur seems to be a nice guy. Scheming, yes, but still very likeable. It is a great achievement to make persons from different camps likeable and nice in their own way.
Also I admired your description of Armenelos. It is masterfully done, complete with odors and colors. You make one want to visit it! *sigh*. The gardens, the temples and those "small, laberyintic streets, cunningly planned with a slight curve that prevented the gracelessness of the predictable straight line". Ahh… Indeed no one would wish the Wave to destroy such beauty!
"The king whose name was blasphemous" puzzled me for a while, but then I solved the puzzle. Ar Adunakhor = Lord of the West, right? "
A King in perpetual fear was the worst danger for his subjects, innocent or guilty" is a very wise observation. True. But – why were the Kings in perpetual fear? That is something I can't wholly grasp. They didn't believe in Valar and Eru anymore – so why fear the Faithful? For political reasons only?
I wanted to thank you for the previous answer. The conception of the link between the God and the City was new to me and not a Tolkien one – but it does make sense.
Good luck and be assured I am always eager for the next update.