Lease this WebApp and get rid of the ads.
Informational Bridges
Mon Nov 6, 2006 11:35 (XFF:,

It made no sense.

One did not simply show respect without reason. It could not be assumed that someone had earned the respect of every individual through impersonal experiences. What about earning those double pins gave this man - or any man - the right to demand a sign of respect? A bow? A salute? Signals reserved for those who had been born into ranks of respect, raised with such knowledge and influence that in itself earned the awe and subordination of others. Reserved for those who had fought, who had died for the Empress and for the Crystal Throne? Was it culture or was it madness, ignorance, that demanded such a signal for any passing person with a pin of prestige. How could it be demanded at all?

Rune's face depicted obvious confusion, and he glanced from person to person to see if any of them reflected the same. None seemed to do so.

The man spoke of the Curse as though it were a blessing. As though women were not dehumanized and men not put to death because of it. Granted, it had given the Seanchan military immense power, but there was a price. And here, halfway across the world from his homeland, it was a gift? The very idea was foreign and ridiculous.

And yet he continued. He continued with a history, and explanation, and a foretelling. People died for this here, but not for shame. They died of addictions and overdoses, but never of suicides to escape a damane's collar or the headman's axe. And the Curse varied - it specified itself to men and women - as deceptive as it was alluring. Here, they wielded it freely, without the control and guidance of trained sul'dam, without limitation to their powers. Rune imagined damane free to do as they wished, and he knew if it were so, they would control the world.

The Crystal Throne would surely burn.

He had questions. Oh, he had them. But there were so many, and so varied, and only a few of them relating to the Curse itself. He was silent as the questions were asked and answered, simply listening as though the men around him were utterly insane.

OOC: I decided to not have him ask questions since I hopped in a bit late. =3 That way you don't have to edit your post or anything, Mark. Aaaaand because he's a wee bit confused, and I think he'd probably be unintentionally insulting if he tried to ask a question about respect.

  • Part I: Veritas Vos LiberabitM'Hael Lysander, Wed Oct 25 12:34
    It was incredibly peculiar for two bodies to appear in the flesh before him, entering the room to join this lesson of theirs. Lysander accepted it with the most tepid blink. Nonetheless, this was the ... more
    • First ImpressionsSoldier Carasal, Mon Nov 6 18:10
      The world had gone insane. Once, these men who could call down fire from the heavens and tear holes in space shattered the world. They were feared, not respected. Carasal's father had taught him once ... more
    • Informational Bridges — Rune Benedict, Mon Nov 6 11:35
    • Enticing...Soldier Salruoth, Thu Oct 26 18:47
      Salruoth had finished answering the questions, he had survived the first part; he sagged visibly, feeling an uneasy amount of tension lift from him, the 'Void' had dissipated as soon as he felt the... more
    • The Truth Is My Enemy...Soldier Mikel O'Cionaoith, Thu Oct 26 16:16
      Mikel glanced at Soldier Darius. Apparently, I missed something there. Too bad, I would have enjoyed the man making a fool out of himself. Mikel casually observed the other two. They wore nervous... more
    • So it BeginsDarius al'Ceer, Thu Oct 26 07:59
      Darius glanced out of the corner of his eyes at the other recruits. They both looked nervous, and he felt likewise. He payed exquisite attention to the Míhael as he began speaking. He looked... more
Click here to receive daily updates