by Jeff Wilson
Read between August 24, 2016 - December 28, 2018
Success is often brief and short-lived, and inevitably, methods used to good effect against others are just as easily imitated and turned back upon those who first employed them. Those who live by the sword are not immune to dying by the same and should be prepared to defend against it.
Edryd thought about the book Irial had borrowed from Uleth. It must be filled with a great deal of nonsense to have moved her imagination to create such an unrealistic estimation of her protector.
“You have devoted your life to training in its uses, but you don’t seem to understand what a sword is for. It is unlike other weapons. It is not a bow or an axe or a knife, all of which serve equally well at, and are more frequently used for, ordinary things such hunting, chopping wood, and cutting food. The weapon which you have chosen to carry is used by one man to kill another. It is designed for no other purpose.”
“A sword deters violence by threatening to inflict the same in return. A purely defensive weapon would have no need of a point or an edge. They make such things you know, but that is not the kind of tool you have trained yourself to use. A sword serves its true purpose only when it is held by a man who is prepared to put it to a violent use.”
You may not want the power that you possess, but other men do, and they will make your choices for you if you do not act.