“‘Of course I’m going to take the offer… I’ll be your absurd Champion if you agree to free me in three years, not five’” (Maas 18).
The Captain's Office
Proper, clean clothing
The King's castle
Caelena is taken to the castle in Adarlan to receive proper treatment, food, and clothes to prepare for the competition, as she chose, as opposed to being sent back to the salt Mines of Endovier.
Celaena Sardothien, known for being Adarlan’s Assassin, has been slaving away in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes and is asked by the Crown Prince, Dorian, a special request.
Border of Endovier's Salt Mines
Prince Dorian states that Celaena will be granted her freedom if she competes and wins the competition held for the title of Adarlan’s new Assassin. Of course, Celaena will only be granted her freedom if she is the assassin for four years.
Propels the Action by...
Celaena could have chosen to turn down this offer and instead serve many more years in punishment working in the mines, but decided to compete in the competition. This propels the plot because it causes further measures into preparing Celaena for the competition to take place.
The Oakwald Forest - leads to the Castle
Celaena Sardothien is traveling with the Prince, Captain, and many guards, when possible scenarios appear in her head of how she could escape with ease, but chooses not to.
secret escape plan...
It is apparent that Celaena was once a powerful assassin with well thought plans and actions, easily able to escape any struggle. That is, back when she was free. If she wanted to, Celaena could have yanked the rope attached to both the captain and herself, creating a distraction to the guards, giving her enough time to escape.
“It was attached to his saddle, which was cinched around his horse, which, when they stopped, could be subtly unbridled, just enough so that with a fierce tug from her end, the chain would rip the saddle off the beast, he’d tumble to the ground, and she would---” (Maas 25).
If said plan was pursued, Celaena would have most likely been caught and removed from the competition. Instead, she removed those thoughts in her head, and continued the journey to the Captain's castle, prompting the next scenes.