Zatch wrote:"I hope you're not telling me to be afraid of him." said Nessa, apparently missing Veriss' point. Though he tried not to sound offended.
"Unless Azala knows I'm willing to stand up for myself then what's to stop him from walking all over me?"
Nessa's oppinion reflected his former life in a remote village, constantly threatened by goblins, bandits, and a greedy baron. If you chose not to fight you could watch everything burn to the ground, only for it to happen again as soon as you rebuilt it. Or you could fight back and maybe die, but at least it will be for something and not of something. This is what kept Ceana safe, the farmers haven't had to fight in almost a decade because it was well known that they were willing to fight. The mere fact that they wouldn't roll over and die was enough to keep most bandits away.
Fight back. That's what his father taught him, no matter how outmatched you think you are you always fight back. The alternative is always much worse.
Veriss shook her head slowly. "To show that you are wise enough not to start unnecessary battles would... show that you are better than he. By letting him excite you, you show him that you are weaker of heart and mind. That is worse than being weak of body."
The warrior's head fell, thinking. She wanted to say more... to elaborate it, but she could not find any feeling to drive it. She hoped Nessa would understand better. She was trying her best to imitate normal people. She chose words that seemed like there should be emotion involved. Although her voice could not convey them, she hoped he could imagine that there was something there...