~ Chapter 59: An audience with the Queen (Part 2) ~
Looking back, I saw the King and Queen staring at me with big eyes.
“What?” I asked knitting my brow.
“Well... the twins... That was surprising.” said Feryumstark.
“What about them? They are just kids.” I shrugged.
“Ah, never mind.” he sighed and shook his head.
This being the first time I met the two, I didn't understand why it was so shocking for their parents that they came over and thanked me. From my point of view, there was nothing amiss with what had just happened, maybe only the fact that I had yet to fully heal their mother.
Now that the Queen's storytelling was over, the King put down his knitting needles and walked up to her bed, taking a seat in a nearby chair.
“How are you feeling, my love?” he asked her.
“I feel a bit tired, but I'm alright. I want to spend as much time as I can with the little ones.” she replied in a gentle and calm tone of voice while looking in the dragon's eyes with a loving gaze.
Feryumstark nodded and kissed her hand.
After this sweet moment between them, he turned around and told me to come closer. I walked up to the side of the bed and pulled over a nearby chair so I could take a seat.
“Did your fiance tell you anything about the structure of our political world?” Elliessara asked.
“Erm, shouldn't we first talk about your well-being?” I asked scratching the back of my head.
“He does have a point.” remarked Feryumstark.
“That can wait a few more minutes. It's not like he can instantly brew me the cure right away. And as far as I know, I have a few more years before this wretched poison gets me if I don't do anything.” she said with a smile.
“Well... true, but...” the King tried to convince her, but she wouldn't allow it.
Shaking her head she declined his request, and we were back to me answering her initial question.
“Erm... not much, only that you will tell me more about it.” I shrugged.
“I see. Your fiance is a smart dragoness.” she remarked.
“Indeed she is...” I nodded, although, it eluded me as how she came to this conclusion from my answer.
“Now, what do you understand when I say: matriarchal society?” she asked.
“Erm... A society ruled and dominated by women, and in which men had no right whatsoever?” I replied.
“Oh my! That would be an awful one to live in.” she replied.
“Then, I guess I have the wrong definition of it.” I shrugged.
“Indeed. That one is taken a bit to the extreme. What use would there be in a society where we shun, discredit, and belittle the males?” she asked.
“Erm... I don't know, but someone must have thought it was a good idea.” I replied.
“They were all a bunch of fools, maybe women who had no idea what a society needed in the first place.” she said shaking her head.
“Well then, what's the right definition for a matriarchal society?” I asked.
“Ahem. If I may, I will begin with the reason why WE are a matriarchal society.” she said.
“Alright, I'm listening...” Not like I have a choice right now, and my future is also at stake here... I thought.
“In an age long past dragons had a visible difference in both height and strength when it came to the females and males of our species. The latter were smaller but stronger, while the first were larger and smarter. As we evolved and ended up forming a civilization of our own, this difference lost its meaning as countless millennia passed. The fact that we could grow stronger by absorbing the Magic Energy around us was also a very important factor in this... change.” she explained in a calm tone of voice, but her storytelling skill was felt in each articulated word and sound she made.
“Are these just rumors or actual facts?” I asked.
“Facts. Now, as I was saying, over the course of time, this difference in height and strength came to be barely noticeable in some of us. As you have clearly witnessed, Kataryna is far stronger than most dragon males in this palace. Your fiance's sister, Thraherkleyoseya is also far stronger than her own fiance.” she pointed out.
“Hm, that is true...” I nodded.
“The difference in intelligence, however, remained. More than often you will notice that the females are far more intuitive and smarter than the males are. As such, it became a natural move for our ancestors to allow the dragonesses to lead, while the dragons took up arms and used their strength to protect them.” she explained.
“Wait, then you are telling me that you are the actual ruler of the country?” I asked a bit surprised.
“It's not that simple. I am the political ruler. I have the power to declare against whom to take up arms, how to battle, and what laws to follow. But while this is true, my husband, the King, has the power to lead the armies and act as a symbol of our Kingdom's might. On the battlefield, he is the absolute ruler, while on the throne of our Kingdom, I am.” she explained.
“But wait, if I'm not mistaken, then even your thrones are different in height. The one the King sat on was the larger one, right?” I asked.
“Yes, that is to display the fact that any act of aggression against me or this Kingdom will have to first go through him. But while he acts as my shield and sword, I am free to give any orders I desire.” she replied.
“So, one handles the politics and the other... the battlefield?” I said scratching the back of my head.
“This ramification of power extends further to other duties such as appointing the Knights and dealing with insurgencies.” she explained.
“So that was why Seryanna told me that she can't disobey the King's orders?” I asked.
“Indeed. Feryumstark's authority over any and all military personnel far exceeds mine, but I am nonetheless second after him. Although, I believe the trouble Draejan had caused with your fiance is also on account of the fact that she was Unawakened. If I were to compare the situation with one in the human kingdoms, it would be the same as having a 12 years old child suddenly declaring he is a knight. Nobody would take him seriously even if that was the actual truth. Trust and authority would come only with age.” she explained.
“But she didn't look like a child at all! I mean, seriously, she was FAR from anything I would even remotely considered a kid!” I shook my head.
“I understand how that can be so. While physically she had matured... her draconic side had yet to do so. We dragons take into account not the first but the latter. And technically, a dragon will never Awaken at an age when he might be confused with a child even by a human.” she explained.
“Well, it is true that I find her more attractive now for some reason...” I said scratching my head.
“It's because she has Awakened. No doubt many dragons have become aware of her beauty now.” remarked Feryumstark.
“Should I worry?” the Queen asked.
“Hm? Of what? If there's any dragon that tries to mess around with her, that dragoness will certainly punch him away! She has the might of her grandfather!” the King replied and laughed.
“Well...” she let out a sigh.
“I think I know what you mean by difference in intelligence.” I noted.
“Hm? What is it?” the King asked a bit confused.
“He is just exaggerating. He understood my little joke.” Elliessara smiled and gently patted the dragon on the head.
“But if this Kingdom is matriarchal, why were all the nobles at the court male?” I asked.
“Not all nobles are married, Alkelios. Some are still single because they have not yet met the right dragoness, or they are widowed because of a past war or accident.” she said.
“Well, some of them said they were going back to their wives, so I'm guessing some of them weren't exactly... single.” I said.
“I think I can explain this one.” said Feryumstark.
“Please do.” Elliessara nodded once.
“The dragonesses are cunning and slippery like an eel. While I don't hold absolute political power as my wife does, I do come in second after her. As such, to my royal summon, the nobles were forced to send a representative. The dragonesses, fearing it could be some sort of trap, they sent their husbands, and those without a wife came on their own. Loosening the mouth of a dragon is far easier than that of a dragoness. After their husbands were declared as traitors, most of them fled the Kingdom, while those few we caught declared they had no fault, until they were put under a truth-telling spell.” he explained.
“So, in other words, they sacrificed their husbands in order to save their own skin?” I asked.
“Precisely.” nodded the Queen.
“But the other day, the King said that the dragons in this Kingdom became a bit too... daring?” I asked.
“You are referring to the increase in male authority within Albeyater, correct?” Elliessara asked.
“Yes.” I nodded.
“That is somewhat natural to happen. When it comes to political power within the Royal Family, first there's me, then comes my husband, then the one we appointed as Prime Minister, which is our son, Elovius. After him, the dragonesses are the first in line and only after them come their brothers. The adopted children have no claim for the throne, and they know this very well. The dragons saw my husband and son acting on important roles and believed on their own that there was a shift in power. While they didn't voice out their opinions, their actions spoke for them.” she explained.
“This was also why Draejan acted the way he did. His mother dotted too much on him, so she didn't try to correct him, and his father couldn't overstep her decision. That dragon had always been a bit of a coward if you ask me.” she let out a sigh and shook her head.
“What happened to him, anyway?” I asked.
“I believe he is recuperating after the battle with you.” said Feryumstark.
“Well, at least he's not dead. That's something.” I shrugged.
I couldn't really care about what happened to Draejan, especially after how he tried to steal Seryanna from me. To say he never stood a chance would be a bit wrong. If it wasn't for me, he would have eventually gained control over the entirety of the Brekkar Army and ended up promoted as its general. Of this fact, I was well aware.
“Alkelios, do you have a better understanding now of what we dragons understand through a matriarchal society?” asked Feryumstark in a serious tone of voice.
“Yes, I think. A dragoness will rule the political stage, while the dragon will rule the military one. However, because of the Queen's poisoning incident, the King was forced to take control over both stages, but the worry for his wife's health kept him from acting out appropriately, leading to a situation where the society tended more towards a patriarchal system?” I replied.
“That is correct. Although, I highly doubt the most representative nobles in our Kingdom would have allowed for such a thing to happen. While the Dukes do hold an impressive military or economical might, the Duchesses are the ones who handle all the important and critical matters.” he said.
“What about family matters?” I asked.
“In a typical dragon family, the dragoness will make any decision which will require planning, while the dragon will take care of any and all physical duties if his body allows him to do so. This, however, highly depends on the knowledge and experience of each of them in their respective domains. It's unwise for either of them to thread on unknown ground unless the experience of such a thing is what they desire.” explained the Queen.
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