The day after I became king, S’Yan offered a piece of wisdom. “Power lies not in what a king does, but in what his subjects believe he might do.” This was profound. For it meant that the majesty of kings lay in their mystique not in their might. Every act of might diminished the king, for it diminished his mystique. Might exposed the king’s powers an thus his limits. Might made the king human. Breakable. And so some amount of my might I have kept from the world…allowing legend and myth to fill the gap. For what the people know not is the true power of kings.
“The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine.” ― John Steinbeck