“I would hardly classify my work as undoable, left to my own devices,” Rodyle remarked. “Reconstruction of the Cannon was complete, as I believe one of your companions demonstrated in her rather unorthodox use of it. As for the power source, I’m sure I can direct a flow of mana from the Great Tree to it in some form or fashion. It shouldn’t be too much more difficult than my plans for directing the mana from Derris Kharlan.” He paused, wondering about revealing his plans someone who had already demonstrated quite a bit of ill will towards him. Perhaps it did not matter much, since he had not been specific. He sighed. “You could have done so much better had you joined the Desians. I assure you, your talents would not have gone to waste.
“What made you want to live among a drove of inferiors anyway?”
Sheena, yes, Raine could remember that as clear as day. It was not too long ago after all. “I know exactly what I could have done if I joined your ranks.” Raine wasn’t a woman to boast or brag about her own accomplishments, but knowing that as a child she was sought by the Research Academy for her potential, she knew that the Desians could have likely done the same if they knew. “But, I fight for a different cause, and that is not ever going to change. I have no hostility for you today, Rodyle, but if there comes a day where you threaten Aselia’s peace again, I’ll confirm right now that my mind is not going to change. I am still going to side against all of you, half-elf or not.”
“You may consider them inferiors, but I would never be able to think such a thing. You’re a half-elf as I am, but we have two completely different beliefs on that issue, so I doubt you’d be able to understand. I held out hope for those who I believed in, and they never failed me. You may think me the fool for standing with humans because you think they’re inferior, but race is not something that should matter.” I found people who wouldn’t shun us because of who we were, and so the least I could do was trust in return, to be able to make a home for my brother and I. “Maybe I’m just a believer, maybe a dreamer. But, as I’ve said, I don’t expect you to understand.”