Daishain's D&D 5e Side Stories - Page 2
Fay thinks about this for a moment, "Then I would speak to the group as a whole Amillë. I am not part of the Blaze and meh orders were not to the Blaze. They were to fellow warriors battling an evil intent on hurting innocents and killing us. I assume it is Poljen who mentioned this, but ask a name I won't as this would put thee in an awkward situation. Still, there was one point in the battle I felt he resented me orders which is why methinks him it was. This I must explain to them. Or, if thee think it best I trust thee to relay meh message. What you ask is foreign to me. It would be akin to asking me lungs not breathe the clean air." Fay takes a second to take a breath and think some more.
He continues, "Here is what I can promise, until I formally join the group I will try not to issue orders. But when I see no orders issued when some clearly need to be so, I shall step into the breach. Tell all who resist that they can take them as suggestions or take them not at all, but when I see a need I will speak. These be not orders to the Silver Blaze, they be orders to folk whose lives I saved at least once this day and who have saved mine in turn. I would not say this if I did not care for these folk now as family thanks to shared danger."
He looks at Lia and gauges her, then continues, "But I see a clear lack of leadership. And this concerns me for thy wellbeing. There is a saying meh father told me which he said cometh from far to the east, though he be prone to exaggeration. He said, an army of sheep led by a wolf is to be more feared than an army of wolves led by a sheep. Well, the Blaze be led by none. Tis the worst of situations. When, in fact the Blaze could be the strongest of any as an army of wolves led by a wolf… for any one of us could lead this group and I include meself in that mix even though I have but a day and half with thee all. Ye see, I have experience on campaign with pah and meh older brothers. They taught me how to take orders, and how and when to give them."
He pauses to give Lia a chance to take in all he said, "Poljen called me lad during the battle. Young I may but I reckon our ages be close and I reckon our experience in battle be similar too. Smaller I may be then he, but methinks calling me lad was not a term of endearment. There be three people that call me that, pah and my two eldest brothers. Now tis your right as well. But he has not that right. Also, he be reckless and that be dangerous. But it be dangerous for the enemy too because it be unexpected. He could be a most excellent leader, but would take a lieutenant with guile, cunning, and patience to temper him to truly make that combination work and he would have to learn to take advice. T'would also work if he be the lieutenant. But there be others too could lead Amillë. Thee would be an excellent leader, but t'would require you to learn to be ruthless. Sometimes the time to talk be gone and the time to kill be upon us." He says those words and prays silently to all the gods that Lia doesn't take offense.
He takes a deep breath and then finishes, "I have spoken overlong but I make to thee one promise more. Thine life means more to me than mine own. I will not see thee come to harm. In this there is no gainsay. 'Tis the way things be. Ere yestereve I had no mother and thought my life an embarrassment to her. By thine own actions and words ye have shown me mine error and I shall have ye in meh life."