Alanna of Trebond & Olau, from @tamorapierce ‘s Song of the Lioness Quartet. Watercolour, 2020.
I reread all of the Tortall books during the first UK lockdown (my ability to read books where I didn’t know the ending was totally shot,) and one of the quotes that really stood out to me this time was during Alanna’s preparation for her Ordeal.
“You are bound by your honor and your word. Act in such a way that when you face the Dark God you need not be ashamed. You have learned the laws of Chivalry. Keep them in your heart. Use them as your guides when things are at their darkest. They will not fail you if you interpret them with humanity and kindness. A knight is gentle, a knight's first duty is to understand.”
That emphasis on compassion is, I think, pretty cool.