Coming and going
Raisse is uncharacteristically brief, but she and her player have both been very busy.
My description of events will be somewhat short, because my mind has been on other things and I did not write it down as promptly as I should have.
Prince Attima arrived at the palace with only three wives and we talked a bit about current affairs. He seems more loyal to Athal than to Koll Konandé. I’m sure that if he wanted to he could fool us into believing that, but I don’t think he is. So it’s fortunate that the building of ships here in Valdyas is under his province, so he can keep an eye on things and make sure they aren’t used against Athal when they near Solay.
We shared our concern about spies and he offered us enough sweets for a royal banquet, one we haven’t held in his honour by the way. It was all very amicable and before too long we let him get some rest from his travels and see Uznur, but not before asking him to remain in Valdis. It seems he’s going to buy an apartment.
The next morning we –Moyri, me and all three of Attima’s wives– went to the Síthi baths with our children. Moyri had invited us since the water should help her recover after her labour. It’s slow going, though. I tried to get a well-founded opinion from Halla, Attima’s Valdyan wife, on not being the first or possibly even the last wife, but apart from her being happy she didn’t have much to say about it. She was decidedly heavier even if you accounted for the fact that she was pregnant.
Hynla is making so much progress, I noticed in the baths as she was playing with the small children. It may have helped that she spent last night talking to Attima’s wives who spoke the same language. I listened and watched with Selmet but we couldn’t understand more than an occasional word.
Moyri also told me that she is leaving for Turenay. She has left by now. It feels a bit like everybody is leaving. This is nonsense, of course, but with Athal and Moyri both gone I’ll be missing the two people I most depend on. It would be very pleasant to pack up to Turenay. Mom and dad are there and everyone who is fashionable, but I feel duty bound to stay. I don’t want to leave the country in the hand of a regent again so soon and with everything that’s going on I need to be here in the capital. If I could leave I would go with Athal anyway. It scares me a little though, but I will cross that bridge when I come to it, which is soon enough.
The next surpsise is Khora and Aidan. Aidan came to see his brother off to war and, it seems, to revisit his room at the palace. Grin. Khora had an endless amount of stories to tell me. From them I gathered that twice people tried to kidnap her and that Dimani, after a bad start, seems to be doing okay now. She is becoming quite the doctor and she created fire with her mind.
While they were visiting, Athal had invited Lyan over and things got a bit uncomfortable. Khora immediately distrusted any agent of ‘the Deceiver’ as she puts it. He was great about it, though, and he let her touch and read him. That calmed her down, but it was uncomfortable for him so he left before we’d had time to talk much.
Khora is the first and up to now only person to tell me that the law proclamation about marriage we sent out is wrong. I had a nagging feeling that it was when we sent it out, in part for the reason she gives, but at the time I did not know how to improve upon it without making it too complex. The main point was to make people stop and think about taking more than one wife. Khora’s main issues were, if I understood correctly, that a king should rule over possessions and not over a person’s happiness. This is a very clear attractive demarcation. It’s an excellent base, but I think it can not be the whole of it. If a king were to do no more than rule wisely over possessions he would be a good king. I believe that a great king, though, has the happiness of his people in his heart. A king can not rule happiness, but he can now and then create the circumstances for it.
Relationships between people is not something we can steer or administer. I don’t think having people register as married is a good idea any more. Marriage is between them and the Mother. What is important (stealing Khora’s idea) is if people build up material wealth of some kind. Whether they are married, just live together in twos or in groups or just partners in business, there should be rules that make sure everyone gets their fair share when the partnership ends. That’s where we have some law and precedent and that’s what should be applied.
For a law to treat Valdyan women different from other ones does not sit right with me. So next time I see Lyan I will tell him this and see what he has to say.
I wish more people had told me that we were wrong.