Darasuum: What Came Before - Torian (Chapter 2)
What Came Before – Torian
Eternity isn’t a one-way street; today effects yesterday as much as tomorrow. I heard an aruetyc saying once from a haryc b'aalyc vod lamenting the things he’d seen fighting for the Sith: history is written by the victors. Winning a battle today makes a murder yesterday suddenly a tactical elimination, part of the path to victory. Losing a battle turns a man from patriot to traitor.
Turns a boy into the traitor’s son.
“Arue’tal.” Curse, name, sentence, blight – the meaning changes with the speaker. This time it is spoken with a sneer, a summons growled out by superiors to dirt. Not bothering to speak, I turn to look at the ruus’alor, awaiting her pleasure with respectful silence. Most of the time, she ignores me, just like the others. Invisible, until I dirty her boots.
Flames dance in the pit behind her, making a halo of the gold braids wrapped around her head and casting