That first panel’s not my favorite. I still feel like Syr’Nj’s line in the first panel should have gone to Ardaic; in at least one phase of revisions, it did. Seriously, just read it and the two following balloons in Ardaic’s voice and see how it flows.

Regardless, the intended thrust of Ardaic’s argument is probably clear. You were upset at the time, Syr’Nj, but maybe you were right when you said you “can’t be all these things.”

We’ll see the idea he proffers here mature further in the next chapter. He knows he can no longer command her, though, so all he can do is (sorry) plant the seed.