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whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.

here is a rumor that my mother created all of her children from sand—and though I deny it as gracefully as I must in public, in private I tire of such pretense. Really I think it terribly romantic: to be made rather than born. Some say it reeks of blasphemy, that creation is a privilege of the divine and the dead (how else to spend one’s eternal afterlife?)—

Yet Keturah molded us in the gods’ likeness: from their sand, their sky, their sun. So I ask: is that not the highest form of supplication?

My mother may have been the best of us all.

Pilate fancies himself the handsomest. I know, because I have seen it in the way he looks at me, when he thinks he is beneath my notice. My brother thinks so little of himself when he shouldn’t and so much of himself when he oughtn't.

In any case I am too self-aware to believe my looks are extraordinary enough to be advantageous. I am plain, a sun-bleached chrysós; rarer than the duns and buckskins of the common-born, perhaps, but next to Pilate’s jadeite scales and head of snakes comparison becomes rather futile. My head is shaped finely enough; my mother worried I looked too much like my sisters when they came along, but it is my opinion that my sisters look too much like me.

I am built tactfully, broad in the shoulders and narrow in the hips like the headless marble statues our family hoarded instead of gold. (There is your reason for why an Ieshan has never been minted into coin. As I recall there are three Azhades and at least seven Hajakhas.) I stand at an average height, and I am winged, though the Ieshans have never been purists and so wings are neither saintly nor vulgar. My hair spills pale from my neck, the tight curls of my youth lapsing into tamed waves near translucent in the sun. My tail is boned, like a lion’s—an interesting digression, and a weapon in a pinch.

The only vanity I am guilty of (physically, at least—of my other qualities I am as assured as I have right to be; it is unfilial otherwise, to deny what has been so relentlessly cultivated by one’s dead parents) is undue affection for the horn on my head, smooth as Excalibur, and the shards of gold pressed like glass below my eyes. They are the marks of the first-born, the first blessing: Adonai, Eminence of the Gods.

I was made with a crown snug against my brow.

But my eyes—no longer are they the cold silver of Pallas Athene.

When I stare into mirrors they are all I see. Pupils like holes, blown wide and narcotic; irises like blue bruises, wet and faintly luminous, the look of a thing resurrected.

When I stare into mirrors he is all I see.


* Due to continual exposure to poison, Adonai's health is all but destroyed. He has gained some strength back, but has lost the ability to fly and tires extremely easily. He has mastered a way of walking that looks purposefully languid instead of feeble, but the fact remains that he cannot move faster than a dragging trot. He is wracked by occasional fits of coughs and talks at a muted volume (which he has again made into a hallmark rather than a weakness). Shadows line his eyes, though they are hard to notice beneath the gold. His eyes cannot stand bright sunlight, so he confines himself mostly to the shade.

The poison has also left its marks on his mind: He is prone to quite extreme mood swings and displays bouts of paranoia and neuroticism. His thoughts muddle if he does not work at plucking them apart, like harp strings, and sometimes, words merely sit on his tongue and refuse to be spoken. Despite this, he remains charming (much more than he used to be) and unless caught at a particularly bad time, it is difficult to tell just what about him is so amiss.

hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.


eally, Pilate.

Had you done it to anyone but myself I would have gladly toasted to your genius. I know you think me guilty of hubris—I never did make a habit of praising you—but make not the mistake of thinking me parochial. Our parents did everything they could to raise me into that unattainable breed of prince: tolerant, wise, pious, shining. I like to think that I am, at least, generous with a job done well.

So hear me now, dear brother: you have truly pulled off an Olympian feat.

Were I able to speak you might note the lack of malice in my voice. You cannot imagine how long it took me to draw every drop of it out from my veins, like pulling sugar from water, until my quill no longer splintered when I pressed it to parchment. Treasure this letter, unsent as it is; I have laboured so many cruel nights over it.

Did you know—that you, not I, have always been the one made for learning? Astronomy, Sahvahn, theology, the nonsensical questions of antiquity—never have I felt any love for the scholar, only a vague sort of appreciation borne from duty and an unshakeable, frankly shameful, need to please. In the characteristic self-pity of youth I had barely endured the pillage of tutors and books and recitations that seemed to stretch from my birth to my inevitable death in one, unbroken line. Then when you came along, things became incomparably worse. Strapped always to Mother’s hip, a cooing bundle of joy with snakes for hair and jewels for eyes, my own luminescence cooled like a dying star.

The only advantage I held over you, to my own horrifying realization, was that I had been made first.

As I am sure you are aware, the hatred I held for you then is nothing compared to now—before it had been childish, harmless, mere friendly, brotherly jealousy. I despised you because everything came so easily to you. To our poor sisters and little Corradh who thought I was the sun to Mother’s sky, you and you alone knew who she really loved most. When Keturah made me from pale desert sand she had been striving for a different ideal: a king she had wanted, a proper one, one that would have inspired loyalty in his men because he looked like them; talked like them; laughed with them; bled as red as they did, and died quietly with the plunge of an unjust sword. A mortal she had wanted; one of the best.

Yet you—second son, second wonder, bereft of title yet rich in magic and beauty and a natural instinct towards brilliance—she had placed her dreams in you.

You cannot know how much I envied you.

But I am losing my point. This letter had started with praise, and I intend to end with it. You cannot know—I have worked this expression to death but this one is really the kicker; when you read it aloud it should be duly emphasized: you cannot know—how much in your debt I am.

Because finally, brother, you have given me what I have always wanted most: a reason—Pyrrhic and Holy—to hate you.

The Greeks have launched ships for lesser reasons.

come, Friend, you too must die. why moan about it so?

have known Adonai ever since he was a weak-kneed colt, gray-eyed and wary behind his mother’s legs. I am older than him by a year, of modest birth, but my father was a reputable musician and a stricter teacher. When he was offered a meager wage and a small yet beautiful cottage tucked at the edges of illustrious House Ieshan, I became one of the few children Lady Keturah let near her firstborn.

The first thing I would learn about Adonai (not even his name, for to me he was simply the Prince) was that he had an endless parade of tutors: prickly, short-tempered old codgers, wily as foxes. Despite this, only weeks after our arrival I became gravely convinced that my father had made himself a particular menace. I had been at the end of those tongue lashings before Adonai: my father meant well, but he had a peculiar way of showing it. Unable to approach the prince, shepherded as he was from one lesson to another, docile as a lamb, I remember hovering specter-like at the window of their lyre lessons, somehow thinking that my breath fogging up the glass might remind my father of things like restraint and cordiality. I had grown fond of our humble home. The Ieshan grounds were beautiful as myth, the food spare but plenty, the nights dreamlike. One wag of Adonai’s golden tongue, I knew, and we would be bidding our farewells by dawn.

Yet we never did. One evening late in the summer, as I lazed besides him on the cool banks of the Oasis, Adonai remarked to me that he was fond of my father. It was he who had discovered the First Prince’s talent for the arts—music, and later painting and sculpture—and it was he who had brought it to brilliant bloom. His mother, he said, was pleased with him. Sometimes she would even leave Miriam with a nursemaid and go to the terrace to hear him play.

I remember this Adonai often: owl eyed, sweetly polite, features fine as a girl’s; his lyre strapped to his back as he was escorted from closed rooms to billowing courtyards to the hard red arena sand. Even after the others came two by two in the night, some golden as he and some dark as silt, he visited their nursery and left them gifts—laurel crowns, wooden dolls, sometimes a feather plucked from his wings. The distance he would later pave between him and his siblings had not been done then, as a soft-lidded youth.

Yet as years passed like seasons his parents’ expectations wore at him like water over stone. Music lessons became extraneous, child's play, before literature, mathematics, worship, politiká. I continued my duties as best I could, sneaking him music sheets by day, laying awake listening to the haunting notes drift through my window by night. He mentioned none of his misery to me and as was expected of a prince’s companion I never asked. Instead I accompanied him on visitations (how he despised them, and how frighteningly well he hid it), entertained him with court gossip (kept as busy as he was he had never courted a girl, but their keen interest in him was met with a fascination he hid unsuccessfully behind dry smiles, which never failed to irritate me), and broached often, though with caution, the topic of Pilate.

By their adolescence the tension between the elder Ieshan brothers had become so palpable it shimmered like heat waves whenever one entered the orbit of another. If Adonai was charming, then Pilate was more so—they were spoiled in the same way and excelled at perfectly opposite things. I sometimes wonder if Lady Keturah had made them so repulsive to each other on purpose. From the little I know of noble families, rivalries seem a favoured form of entertainment.

Out of loyalty I avoided Pilate, yet even I found it difficult to resist the easy charm and easier smiles of the second prince. My own was marblesque and refined, kind in a democratic way, and endowed with a cold beauty that only served to remind you of how you would never have him. Loving him was like loving a god. Less—like loving the effigy of one.

The deaths of the Lord and Lady were received with the tight-jawed yet uncontested acceptance I, and the rest of the House, had, by then, come to expect of Adonai. Solemn and dry-eyed as a sepulchral statue he performed the rites over his parents' tombs, accepted the diadem and jewels that lay awaiting his claim. Rumors abounded about his cold, unfeeling demeanor. I defended him mercilessly: he had loved his parents, I said. Their deaths devastated him—and it had, I knew it had, yet I also knew that to Adonai an outward expression of grief—weakness, to him—was so unfathomable it faintly disgusted him. He disliked the rumors but did nothing to quell them. The soft-lidded youth was less than memory. All that was clear, to the Adonai standing unmoved in front of me, was that his duties afforded him no time for grief.

Of all the goddesses of my homeland, I know Fate to be the cruelest. On the morning before the incident I distinctly remember peering out my window and frowning when three crows sat upon the gates, hulking and hideous. Adonai had found my pagan superstitions entertaining enough to forgive (his piety astounded me, at times) and I had never stopped believing in them: three crows was the symbol of death. Filled with sudden apprehension I strode briskly to his room, where he answered the door before I could knock and greeted me with a yawning: "Mernatius."

I have known Adonai ever since he was a weak-kneed colt. So I speak not out of cruelty but intimacy when I say: Adonai would have preferred death over the existence it has left him to.

He looks at me now, his eyes a hollow bruising blue, and I fear that he no longer knows me. "Adonai?" I ask. "... Mernatius," he answers. It does not reassure me. Yesterday he knew me; today he does still. But what of tomorrow, and the day after that? His doctors say that he is recovering, but from what they never tell me. Pilate is never here when I am, but I hear of his newfound devotion. Perhaps, I think, not without a touch of admiration, he is trying to heal what has always been lost.

I place the lyre gently on Adonai's bed. His eyes track my every movement. Slowly, so slowly, the strings on the lyre begin to sing.

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  • small gold rings (5) worn on both ears and slipped over the horn
  • thin gold bangles (2) worn on left front cannon

OUTFIT - visual
  • Ieshan crown jewels
    • bestowed upon the First Prince on the eve of his third birthday - he wears it seldomly, preferring to save the effect for occasions of particular importance
    • exquisite craftsmanship; made from braided gold chain no more than two cm thick, yet unable to be cut by even the sharpest sword; more than fifty raw sapphires dangle like tears from the chain, iridescent under moonlight; twists into a knot at the cheekbone, weighed down by two crushed velvet tassels
    • a thick gold chain keeps a blue glass orb tied to the tuft of his tail

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