Six Sentence Sunday
Queen Takes Queen
What Orlais fails to understand that functionality can be elegant. The dwarves exemplify it: Orzammar is ostentatious in that there is nothing spared. Anora likes that style. She enjoys something that can let her move. The Ferelden nobility she keeps from civil war respect frugality, sparing sensibility, and the lack of waste she brings to their resources. She understands what they need for a stable regime: the peasants must be fed enough to keep from revolting, the elves must be respected enough to keep from encroaching, and the nobility must be cosseted enough to keep from wanting more. This is what Valmont fails to understand. She does not know how to balance the demands of all those she must rule. She cossets her nobles, letting them starve man and elf alike, and so they demand more. Anora hears she has not brought her cousin, whose blood many regard as more legitimate than her own.