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Page 68

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.

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3 Comments »

  1. Honestly? Not the style of lines one would expect from royalty, typically. Even in a fantasy setting, you expect them to have higher regards for what has given them this level of power. Wonder what in his life inspired this mental route?

    (This is not me complaining, I apologize if it seems negative in the slightest, as I’ve lately been informed my statements tend to do, it’s mostly me saying this is actually a cool character, and I’m happy to see him even for this brief instant, [Chameonspeak-to-normalspeak translation complete])

    Comment by Chameon — December 8, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  2. Yay finished catching up. It is much easier to understand in an archive binge than reading serially. Things continue to be cool.

    (Characterisation of King Oswald is a very refreshing change of pace for an ancient guardian. As was that of Greatwise.

    Comment by Gark — December 10, 2011 @ 10:11 am

  3. It truly is.
    Nice to see an enlightened monarch every now and then.

    Comment by Nutty — December 10, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

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