lunakat said: It doesn't say anywhere (that I can see) that they break from the bound with the palace... or does it?
No, it doesn't explicitly. But there were so many hints (IMHO), like Krim's last words ("there is more, it's not just the palace", words Pike repeated this issue), or Kahvi stating her looking forward to see Cutter when she
visits the palace (I don't think she counts as a Wolfrider in the sense of being free from the palace). Well, and it could be the broken rule of this issue.