Sygerrik wrote:If this is the way Royalty acts, I'm glad they're going obsolete. "Nobility, honor, decorum;" none of that mattered when he was on top of the world, squishing all the little people. But now that Slately sees the writing on the wall he's trying to get in good with the Titans. Notice he still doesn't care for non-Royals-- discarding Ace, threatening disbandment for interruptions. He's just a sad little man trying desperately to hold onto his power. He'd rather die than be reduced to fleeing from a commoner. Slately is a fool and always has been-- and just like Earth history, "royalty" and "nobility" are just code words for subjugation of the weak by the strong and a system of divine right that exists only to perpetuate itself and wallow in its own corruption.
Someone's been safe-keeping their red book
To nitpick, "nobility, honour, decorum" probably mattered when Jetstone was on top too. It's what cemented their stuck-up reputation. They had a very rigid set of customs on how to deal with things.
About him trying to hold on to his power, that is so obviously wrong so as to not warrant further comment. The bit about him dieing rather than fleeing from a commoner is also unfair, since Slately clearly finds himself less a ruler than Trem, so that is the honest reason.
The bit that really interests me is how in Earth history "nobility" and related concepts were code words for subjugation etc. It is correct, in the sense that royalty had to justify itself somehow. Amazing ain't it, that even in the darkest of ages, a kleptocratic elite felt the need to provide a reason for why they were on top. So they invented the notion that the upper class is morally superior, more virtuous, than the ruled. The sad fallout of that is that now words like "honour" are looked upon with more suspicion. It's one thing to believe that nobody is truly honourable, and another to believe that honour is a vacuous standard that never meant anything beside "and this is why my boot is on your neck".
Won't comment on how smart or strategically sound the suicide mission is, because saying it isn't seems fairly easy, and I've no stake to prove it otherwise.
The whole point of this is lost if you keep it a secret.