the end of an empire

He used to bully South and I when we were younger, but he bullied pretty much everyone. He was bigger and stronger than us, so he managed to make us a part of his empire for a while. Absolutely no one was sad to see his empire crumble though. He ended up spreading his armies too thin trying to control China and we were finally able to drive him out.

After that, he left us alone for a few centuries, so I’ve let the bad feelings go for the most part. We get along fairly well present day. He keeps saying he wants to teach me how to introduce free market capitalism though, which is so very patronizing I can’t stand it.

He didn’t tell me what to do enough during our childhoods, apparently.

Empire’s End confirms that Armitage Hux is not some poor child who was raised to be cruel, but instead chose to be so on his own.

This becomes plain when he is given his first command of fellow children. He sits alone in a room with his peers and decides to test his authority. His first order is this: “I want you to hit the boy to the right of you. Hard.”

The boy obeys immediately, and Armitage “feels a strange and sinister buzz of excitement” as he watches the boy bleed.

He could have issued any command: “take off your shoes and give them to me”, “quack like a duck”, or even “shut your eyes”. He chooses none of these, and instead moves immediately to violence. His goal is to cause harm to others–and it is a goal that is not influenced by anyone else. It is his choice. The decision rewards him with excitement and a thrill, and thus the foundation for his character is born: a cruel, sadistic monster who revels in genocide and hurting the innocent. 

Imperator

Rae Sloane

They are pioneers in this space. They are the first outside the charted limits of the galaxy.
She realized: It can be mine, if only I am willing to take it.
Soon, they will be at their destination.
And soon, it will be hers to take.

~from Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

(Inspired by this!)

another actual friendly reminder

Rowan loves Aelin so much he ate the horrible (he had to throw up afterwards) chocolate cake Aelin baked for him to the very last bite because she was nervous about whether he’d like it or not