December 8, 2011
Page 68 Book 5: The War Diaries
An honest heart-to-heart.
Oswald and Bedelia are a little mismatched. She thinks she’s barely worthy to stand in his ghostly presence because her only tie to the royalty of Karazi is a friendship with Edwin, whereas he thinks her common roots are precisely why she is perfect to be Queen. In truth, this is something that’s sort of developed from Oswald’s reign onwards, a kind of national hero-worship that has, perhaps ironically, launched him to a kind of pseudo-deific reverence.
A good monarch will always be praised like a famous big-name celebrity, and anyone that comes in after them has a fair bit to live up to, so when you don’t even have royal blood in your veins it can be pretty daunting. But then, as Oswald says, no-one in the royalty is really chosen by virtue of their blood alone, they’re only royalty as long as the people allow them to be.