Lionstar expected to die young. If anything, it's surprising that he's made it this far. Nearly thirty years in the wreckage of a world that he barely remembers destroying.
It won't be over, of course, even once he finally loses one fight too many. Not for him. For the others... Well, he hoped the new generation would outlive him - but hope isn't a plan. If there's one lesson he's learned, it's that. And he can't protect them by sheltering them from danger, not in the long run. The only plan with any hope of success (and it's not good odds, he tries not to fool himself anymore) is teaching them to be strong enough to survive without him once he's...not gone, but elsewhere. And the kids know that, and the worst part is that they're protective of him and he's not sure he could keep them back from the danger even if he tried.
(He's so tired)
- and he can't just lose, no matter how doomed it is in the end. Which is why Lionstar is currently trying to hold off a dozen Change...goats, probably? the poison-dripping horns are rather notable - with a mage-storm encroaching on them, which makes fighting with magic a terrible idea, but escaping with magic is an even worse one. Gates don't behave normally when the magic surges like this.
He snaps at Tsashi in Mindspeech to stay back behind the shield he's holding. He can't spare the attention to look back and see if she's listening.