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The roads of the past are already laid; I cannot deviate from them. What happened, happened and cannot be changed.
But — the challenge. That’s the turning I’d undo if I could. Stupid precipitate pride, and for all I reproach Naime as a hothead I’m the same, or was.
She turns the coldest of cold faces to those who incited me. She knows perfectly well who egged me on, but I take responsibility for it. I resisted my friends in other things; I wasn’t a puppet in their hands. I could have chosen otherwise. I could have said: that’s my cousin, that’s my friend, if anyone’s allowed to laugh at me she is.
But I lost my temper.
Character interview for the Shipwright cycle, which is set about 600 years before the time of Ship’s Heart. The speaker is Phila, cousin to Naime the Shipwright. This interview draws on collaboration with poet-scholar Lev Mirov, who provided questions from sociology of religion to help me understand the cult of Martis-Mortis, the war deity to whose cult Phila belongs.