I like the way Rulief ended the conversation, by flourishing his dagger into a more reckless grip.
Not only does it communicate that he's not interested in talking, but the overhand stance implies that he'd willing to take a hit to stab Panthera. He doesn't care what happens to him, if he can get his revenge. I look forward to the day that DF actors can employ subtext, not just with words but with gestures as well.
I observe that the child intuits, at the end of that same scene, that there is something more to this event than she's being told. It isn't made clear whether she has some kind of mystical revelation regarding her destiny, or she simply realizes that there's something her mother isn't telling her.
Anyway, this implies a third state in the spectrum of knowing/not knowing a secret. Knowing that there is a secret, and deciding whether to investigate.
A gripping tale well written, sir!