Tried and True, Chapter 292: By His Own Hand

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Chapter 292: By His Own Hand

“Before my eyes,” Valerian groaned.

Taweel grunted.

“How do you protect someone from their own folly?”

Without an answer, Taweel kept silent.

Valerian’s captain passed the thorn-like blade. Abner led the encircling Flight in solemn chorus. Tamaes sank to his knees beside them, cradling Omri to his heart.

“Are you prepared?” Taweel murmured.

Valerian countered, “Are you?”

Taweel’s hands shook, but his voice remained steady. “None can catch those who Fall. We can only be Faithful, trusting Him who is Faithful.”

Twice-pierced, Valerian slumped against him and wept raggedly, and Taweel lifted his face, letting the rain take his tears.

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13 thoughts on “Tried and True, Chapter 292: By His Own Hand

  1. Arian says:

    Oh, heck, that’s one aspect of the situation I forgot about… but of course Valerian has to be pierced, since his apprentice Fell.

    (Somehow, I doubt it was something that was very much in Adin’s mind either…)

    Which makes me wonder who was pierced, if anyone, when {spoiler} Fell. He had no current mentor… in fact, he was called one of Koji’s mentors, although we never heard that Koji’s name was literally under the hand of any of them. Whose watch-care was he under? Cherith’s, I guess.So maybe no-one was pierced because of him.

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  2. Arian says:

    That makes sense. If Koji hadn’t met that other twice-pierced, we wouldn’t know piercing happened in any situation except when a Guardian’s charge died without faith, and that’s a situation only one of the hadarim could be in.

    And then it would make sense for the same ceremony to feel appropriate to their order if a mentor lost the one who was under his watch-care as when an apprentice lost the one who was under his.

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  3. Arian says:

    Here’s one of the instances of mirroring… In chapter 4, Taweel was pierced by his mentor, who was pierced in the past by his own mentor.

    Taweel will never have to do that service for his apprentice, though, because Tamaes’s charge is a believer.

    Instead, Taweel here pierces a fellow mentor, the mentor of Adin – Adin who ought instead to have been pierced *by* his mentor, but he fled from it.

    Why Taweel, I wonder? Simply because he wanted to do it? Or Valerian wanted him to? Valerian’s captain is mentioned as passing the blade, but he’s presumably one of the cherubim. Perhaps Taweel was the one of the hadarim who was closest to Valerian.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Why does the mentor get pierced? Is it their fault their apprentice Fell?? I am confused.. And Valerian will never get another apprentice?? Because Adin Fell? Its just so..sad..

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