Unsurprising. While he may have developed an affection for their mom, the Prince went into the whole “sire progeny en masse” plan with no illusions as to the purpose of said progeny.
There could be only one Heir. All others are expendable, and indeed are a resource MEANT to be expended. The farmer does not mourn for the slaughter of his cattle. Least of all when they die to feed the one he loves.
Well, the standard royalty strategy- try until you get a boy, and then try to make the girls useful.
It is just that they are used as “sacrifice a character to put more time on the clock” rather than as tools for political marriages.
At least he’s honest about it.
You know, it would be an interesting left field kind of thing for the Prince to say that he doesn’t love his children because he saw what his love for their mother did to her and he knows they will be better beings with him not part of their lives.
He doesn’t love his children.
“- how medusas were born?” could be a good question XD
But does our REAL father love us?
“The Prince also didn’t give me any tact.”
“The prince did not see any benefit in lying.”
“The Prince also didn’t specify if I should refer to him in third or first person”.
I am wondering what the benefit of choosing an heir is, if the prince will leave Yeld forever, since he probably doesn’t care what happens to the people after he leaves. Maybe he just wants someone to make it so people don’t chase after him.
Maybe (for magical reasons) it’s not *possible* for him to leave until someone agrees to take his place.
A cure perhaps. That might be why Yeld turns people into monsters, either his mere presence or as a symptom of his attempts to resolve his own condition (intentional or not), diffusing it and transferring the corruption to others. I wonder if leaving is more to save Yeld or himself though. Either way, he’s consolidated too much power to leave a crippling vacuum behind so he seems to care at least that much by naming an heir. Given how the Gorgon’s been sticking around for so long, his lack of attachment to his children is unsurprising. If anything, they could be detestable reminders of what he’s inflicted on his love.
I must say, I’ve always appreciated the depth of the story and world. I’m looking forward to the final RPG book!
Thanks. The book should FINALLY be out in September, so everyone will have a chance to learn a LOT more about the Prince and Yeld.
Honesty is brutal
“Do you love us?”
I feel like Modest knows. I’m not sure I could handle tears, though!
I’d still be concerned with what else the Prince left in her mind. Come on, Modest, you’ve lived among humans long enough to know that sometimes paranoia is a good thing.
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