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This is from book 5.5 of the Academy of the Accord series. (Well, technically it’s Book 6 but I haven’t gotten around to renumbering everything yet.) Kordelm and Wellhym have their hands full with the first year cadets. In this snippet they’re giving them a brief tour of the castle and showing them the rooms they’ll have classes in.
“This is Caristen’s classroom,” Kordelm said. “His first love is history, followed by geography. He’ll also be the one to teach you to read and write.”
“His first love is Kordelm,” Drehmus sneered and some of the boys around him sniggered.
“Do you have a question, Cadet?” Kordelm’s eyes were hard and for a moment Drehmus faltered.
“Why do warriors need to read and write and learn all this other stuff?” he asked. His tone clearly spoke of disdain for the subjects being discussed. “All we need to learn how to do is fight so we can take care of wizards and enforce the Accord.”
Something in the way he said “take care of wizards” sent a chill up Kordelm’s spine as he remembered similar words spoken by a man who had tried to convince him that Wellhym and Torlew had killed Caristen.