Alera’s “Happily Ever After” — and Steldor’s, too
At the end of Sacrifice, Alera is Queen of a free Hytanica, she and Narian are together
at last, and they are looking forward to their Hytanican wedding (they’re already
married according to Cokyrian custom). As for Steldor, Alera has named him her
new Captain of the Guard. So what does the future hold for these three former
members of a complicated love triangle?
Alera and Narian will, of course, get married. But even this will not be easy for them.
They have to first overcome the resentment of the Hytanican people toward Narian
for his role in their original take-over by Cokyri. Steldor’s acceptance of Narian
will play a key role in this, as it is essential that the two men learn to work together.
Steldor will, in time, install Narian as the new Head of Hytanica’s Military Academy.
Under Narian’s leadership, and with Alera and Steldor’s support, the Academy will
open its doors to young women as well as men, offering them education and training
that was never before available to them. This will become one of many steps that will
improve the status of women and give them more choices in the new Hytanica. It will
also release men from some of the structured roles into which they have traditionally
been thrust, permitting them more choices as well.
As for Steldor, by the end of Allegiance, he has reluctantly but gracefully accepted
that Alera has the right to choose her own husband, and that she is in love with
Narian. Although it takes him a while to truly let go of her, he has reached that point
by the end of Sacrifice. In fact, as his cousin Shaselle notes at the Harvest Festival,
he seems to be showing particular attention to a young woman with voluminous
black hair, kissing her hand in farewell and watching her until she disappears into
the crowd. As Shaselle puts it, “Whether he had found a marriage prospect or a
new amusement, it was irrefutable that he had found something.” And with that
introduction, you have met Steldor’s future wife, a young woman from a neighboring
kingdom with whom he finally finds happiness.
What else is in store? Children, of course. I wonder if Alera’s fiery daughter and
Steldor’s rebellious son will develop an attraction to each other?
As for the Kingdom of Hytanica and the Empire of Cokyri, the countries eventually
achieve the blending of cultures that Alera had hoped for following the Cokyrian
takeover. But as a free Hytanica, such changes come gradually and are not forced
upon the people, and thus are more readily accepted. Why does Cokyri change? Due
to the High Priestess’ love and respect for two men: Narian, whom she views as her
son, and London, whom she has long desired to marry. While she realizes London is
lost to her, she doesn’t want to lose Narian, too. And, of course, Alera has proven to
her that strong women reside in Hytanica as well as in Cokyri.
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