Chancellor Pietas scoffs at concern for lesser beings. Especially since they all die. In this scene between the immortal Pietas and his father, the two are arguing a familiar topic: humans. It opens with Pietas speaking.
Humans Die. So what?
“Then you want nothing to do with me, Son. Humans are all I care about.”
And wasn’t that the naked truth of his father’s betrayal? He had turned his back on their people. He had turned his back on his son.
“You’re right, Father. I want nothing to do with you. I care nothing for mortals.” Pietas flipped his silver circlet into the air and caught it. “They all die.”
“How can you not care? We were created to protect them.”
“Correction. You were. Unlike you, my twin and I were born, not created. We will not submit to the slavery of humans the way you did.”
“The circumstances of your birth have no bearing. You were elected by the council, and you serve at their pleasure.” He jabbed a finger at the ground. “They want this treaty. Remember that.”
“How can I forget when I have you to remind me? Go back to Mother and tell her not to worry. I never forsake duty.” Pietas twitched his fingers, dismissing him. He waited until Mahikos reached the door. “Did it never occur to you?”
His father faced him. “What?”
“The council elected me to head these talks and removed you. You want to bring in humans. I do not. Perhaps the council hates humans more than you think.”
A wave of aggravation emanated from Mahikos. Licks of emotional flame scorched Pietas’s skin. Accustomed to the pain, he did not flinch.
“Son, surely you realize they elected you to keep you close and control you.”
“To control–” Pietas broke into laughter. “Did they? How unenlightened.” He shrugged. “Well, they can try. I must say, your annoyance today is a refreshing change from your usual indifference. I’d begun wondering if you had any emotions regarding my takeover. It must nettle, knowing your lowly son succeeded your rule.”
“No one would consider you lowly.”
Pietas lifted his chin. “Except you.”
“I’m surprised you even bothered to show up, as much as you hate humans.”
“It’s nothing personal. I hate humans no more than a physician hates germs yet still takes time to eradicate them. Humans are dangerous.”
“Humans are the reason we exist.”
“Perhaps that was true in your reality. Humans have abused, misused, and betrayed their creations throughout their history. This peace everyone clamors for comes from concern about humans. I care less than nothing about them. As for their good graces? I have no faith they exist.”
“You know, Pietas, one day you’ll rely on the mercy of humans.”
“You think humans show mercy? How amusing.”
Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas
Two enemy warriors: one human, one immortal. Different in belief, alike in spirit, marooned together on an alien world.
Imprisoned and in isolation over a year without food or water, the immortal Pietas survives. Though broken in body, his intellect and will are intact, thanks to Six, the special ops warrior who captured him, but kept him sane. The warrior had no hand in his deprivation and, like Pietas, was betrayed by his own kind. When Pietas is abandoned on an alien world with nothing but his honor–and Six–he must find and rejoin other immortal exiles. After centuries of war, Pietas detests humans and kills them on sight, but he is too damaged to continue on his own. Though he despises needing help, he allows Six to nurture and restore him to full strength, and then accompany him. As they cross the planet together on foot, the immortal begins to wonder if he has found his first human friend, or if Six is loyal only because Pietas could keep the others from tearing him to shreds. This human will either be his closest living friend, or the one whose betrayal will trigger all-out vengeance by the most powerful immortal ever born.
Immortal. Warrior. Outcasts. Traitors took everything. Except their honor.
Heat level: PG13
Genre: YA (older young adult), action adventure, science fiction, space opera, military science fiction, space marine, genetic engineering
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