Passepartout meets the famed Artificer, Kazem Shirani (known as the Toymaker of Herat), in town. He was a member of the Artificers' Guild until the organisation found out that he constructed war machines to protect the Durrani Empire from the invading British armies. He appears not to have given up on his old job entirely, and hides something in the back of his shop. He also holds a grudge against Amulya Savarkar, the woman who helped the British war effort and was celebrated as one of the victors while the Toymaker was shamed and reviled. The two engineers seemed to have formed a professional relationship of sorts in the olden days.