The autarch is dying and Severian realizes he has come to love Apian, and repents his previous hatred.
After the "death" of his career at Thrax, it resurrects when he becomes autarch and a master of the guild.
Malrubius describes the risk of sacrifice and recalls the death of the autarch.
48) The autarch is both physically and politically agile.
56) The autarch presents a distinct sequence of meanings: the State as mother of torture, a distant authority hated in ignorance, the whore of Babylon, and the person in the House Absolute, mild as a dove and clever as a serpent.