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Heartwarming: Tearsto Tiara 2
  • From her introduction Elissa appeared to be quite cold (for modern sensibilities). She talks in profits, gains, and losses. So much so that she appears a lot colder than her father Hanno, who is willing to bet the future on the orphaned son of his old friend, regardless of losses. Elissa on the other hand, once the calculation all checks out, very willingly agrees to marry herself to Hamil the cement the alliance between Hispania and Qart Hadast. Even during the encounter with slavers she decided whether or not to resist not by fear, confidence, ability, or really the situation, but by calculation of gains and losses. So when Daphnis decides to pull a Heroic Sacrifice in order to give her a chance to escape, completely in line with his position as a bodyguard and a slave, she appears to try to brush it off as a return on investment for his purchase when they were young. But she quickly stood up and interrupted the entire thing, even when it meant (as far as she knew) certain death. She proceeds with a Anguished Declaration of Love and states she'd rather they die together.
  • As Hamil laments the fact that he has broken the contract with Melqart and will eventually be abandoned by the god of war, He apologizes to Enneads for loosing the strength that his followers had counted on. Enneads then explain to him that they're not following him because he's strong. They're following him because what he sacrificed and endured for them shames them into action, and his efforts and leadership gives everyone hope.
  • Hamil and Tart spends some quality time at the monastery as she nurse him back to health. After having led Hispania in war since the beginning of the story, they finally get some peace and quiet. She sees through all his attempt at hiding his bad physical state from her and teaches him to be more open. They both wish they could've stayed secluded and farming forever. He confesses his love, calmly this time note . All would've been very well if Monomachus had not died just before and his ghost didn't visit the scene after.
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