—— Shon'ai ——
"It was a game, shon'ai,
the passing game, Kel-style, in the dim round hall of the Kel,
the middle tower of the House—black-robed men and a black-robed woman, a circle of ten.
Warriors, they played the round not like children, with a pair of stones,
but with the spinning blades of the as'ei, that could wound or kill.
On the name-beat, the snap of fingers, the as'ei flew across the seated circle of players,
and skilled hands seized the hilts in mid-turn, to beat the time and hurl the blades on in the next name-beat."