Duncan is a tricky character in these scenes. It is going to be very easy for him to come off as callous, but I don't think he is. He just has a job to do here, and there are some things he can't change.
Thank you for the comment, and get ready for that next page. It's seriously killing me, but it will be done pretty soon.
I've never thought of him as callous. As you said, he has a job to do, and he's very dedicated to it. He does some things that come through as callous or cruel, but he has little choice in the matter. I think you've captured that perfectly, in the first scene, where he looks at Bryce - his look is all I am sorry but I *have* to do this. But I might not be objective when it comes to Duncan.
Can't wait for more! (and wondering if you're planning to draw some scenes from the way to Ostagar as well...)