Mortal Half Chapter 9, Page 12
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Rael: The court has made its decision,
Rael: any further objections on your part will not be taken into account.
This meeting is adjourned. House representatives, I thank you for coming.
Rael: Dismissed, Lieutenant. I trust you won't be needing an escort.
Errol: Is this alright, Sire?
His... demeanor hasn't done much to inspire confidence from amongst the great houses,
what if they refuse to accept him when the time comes?
Rael: The empire needs a bold ruler, Commander, able to stand resolute before the whims of the council.
Rael: We can't afford to have a puppet on the throne. The world continues to evolve, yet we Erians cling to the old ways as if our lives depended on it.
Evrina once said- quite astutely- that the prevailing mindset of our leaders, left unchecked, would be the herald of our people's demise.
The council wasn't too fond of her either. I dare say she would've given them an earful, had she been with us today.
Errol: I... am sorry, your majesty.
Rael: Do not blame yourself Errol,
you did everything you could.