Vraelth took a sip of tea before clearing his throat and changing the subject. “Back to the matter at hand, Tryntin has already proved his worth in the battle that destroyed the Ott vre Cael mirror and his siblings. Like the rest of us, he gained quite a few mental and physical scars in the process, I highly doubt that one kiss of true power will ruin him.”
“Even so, war changes beings—sometimes in ways imperceptible by others,” Katja said. “In Tryntin’s case, it seems that the grief caused by war has built him stronger rather than breaking him.”
“All the more reason to see Tryntin prove his prowess with the army, then,” Felan said. “That should go a long way to convincing many Tygleseans of Ashomocos’s wisdom in appointing his brother as the Army’s Commander.”
“Yes, but first Tryntin must publicly declare his abstention,” Daya’lyn said.
“You doubt he will?” Vraelth asked.
Daya’lyn only shrugged.
“He’ll declare it,” said Katja. “He must.”
“Because if he does not, then we’ll have a civil war on our paws on top of the intercontinental war that we are already fighting.” She nodded toward Daya’lyn. “For the protection of all Sylvans, the Inquisition cannot allow such a thing.”
The dhampir’s eyes flicked to meet hers for the barest moment. “The Inquisition is weakened by a third, Katja.”
“Daya’lyn, you are the Inquisition.”
“No, I am the Inquisitor. However, my authority was recognized in Tyglesea only because of Lauraisha’s support. Without her, you and I hold no sway at all except by the Tygleseans’ good graces.”
“Ashomocos listens to you, my friend.” Felan said. “And he will continue to do so if he ascends the throne.”
Daya’lyn nodded. “Yes, he likely will. And what if Tryntin ascends the throne?”
He and the others looked at Vraelth and Katja. Slowly, the two shook their heads.
“Doubtful,” Vraelth said and the others all frowned in thought.
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