Fear of the Wild

  Cruelty and Purpose The emperor calls me in to see him. “Congratulations, Neyima.” “Disu has made incredible progress in his fighting skills, and he told me that he has agreed to the Madar val.” “Yes, great father.” “I have a few questions for you.” “I want to understand the training that you’ve been giving him.” “My staff has been analyzing the sims that you use.” “Acting?” “Practicing silence?” “Being insulted?” “These seem like a complete waste of time, and totally different from what the other tutors did.” “May I speak freely?” “Of course.” “The other tutors accomplished nothing with Disu, great father.” “Their approach was clearly the wrong one, at least for him.” “But acting?” “A good leader would like to always speak the truth to his people, but sometimes the people aren’t ready for it.” “The emperor must be convincing whenever he speaks, whether or not he’s telling…

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