Azan wins the war and now Maki has a chance to talk to that slave he liked the look of.
"No, I'm trying to help you understand what you sound like, so you can understand why people react the way they do."
"Is that so."
"And now you sound smug and sure you don't need my help. I don't mean to tell you that you shouldn't sound that way, but like I said, it was Valan who gave you my name and most of the time I've known him I've had to explain extremely basic things to him because he's stupid."
"I apologize. I appreciate your coming here despite everything."
"It's okay, I forgive you for personally causing him to have been stupid for years."
Azan he laughs.
"You're very similar, from what I can tell. He seemed very intelligent to me."
"...Don't get used to thinking of him that way, okay? He notices things and he can break down exactly why he thinks what he thinks but he isn't smart and he'll catch you by surprise one day when you expect him to understand something complicated and he hasn't been following you for the last minute of explanation because he doesn't understand why plants don't feel sad if you eat their seeds."
"Yes. Well, maybe he understands that now."
"It could be a good idea to keep someone around to demand explanations."
"It could be, yes."
"But you'd rather I left you and yours alone, yes?"
"I could be wrong but you seem to be trying to convince me that I shouldn't be talking to Valan."
"No, I just think if your understanding of Sesati culture comes from him you'll misunderstand everything."
"What else did you want me to tell you?"
"Tell me about slavery?"
"Slaves are the worst sort of - you could call them people, I suppose, in the sense that they usually walk on two legs and talk and look human. They're not like people on the inside, though. They're missing the things that make people good or admirable. They don't have convictions they would die for. There aren't any things so heinous they wouldn't do them. They're empty except for the sort of feelings even animals have, they get thirsty or hungry but not angry about injustice."
"And there are people born into slavery?"
"And you don't think that's monstrous?"
"They're necessary. Without slaves women would have to have nine children each and it'd be horrible."
"You justify destroying a child's personhood because of the need to rape her, and you justify raping her because she lacks personhood. Am I wrong?"
"You're not wrong, no."