laurent knew that auguste let damen pick up his sword. he knew that auguste refused to attack an unarmed man, even an enemy.
with that in mind, pls consider the following:
• “I don’t share your craven habit of hitting only those who cannot hit back, and I take no pleasure in hurting those weaker than myself.” Driven past reason, the words came out in his own language.
Laurent, who could speak his language, stared back at him”
•“'I don’t know if that is usual practice in this place, but good men don’t torture slaves in Akielos. […] To abuse someone who cannot resist—isn’t that monstrous?’ […]
There was a long silence. Laurent’s expression had changed.”
• ”‘I didn’t volunteer. I was brought here. I don’t know why.’
‘To cooperate,’ said Laurent.
‘Cooperate?’ said Damen, with complete disgust. 'You were unarmed.’
Laurent stared at him.”
• and Laurent standing for hours in front of the regent and the council, testifying for damen, who was, for all intents and purposes, unarmed.