I'm pondering how to handle chapter 31. It feels like Jacob could/should spend more time at the castle, getting a feel for the politics and befriending people as he tries to find a way past Basal Mount to follow Jael. On the one hand, I don't want to bog the story down, on the other I don't want it to feel like his success is too easy. If every problem he encounters is solved in the next chapter, it might start to feel like cheap pulp fiction. Now I like pulp fiction, don't get me wrong, but that's not what I'm trying to write here.
For now, I think I'm going to write it short and sweet, make a bee-line for the next scene and, again, see how it feels later.