Apollonius au Valii-Rath Quotes


"The mastery of music is its own reward,” Apollonius says. “The process by which one’s heart is entwined with masters of old. You do not know the toil, nor could you suffer it, and so you will never know the reward of understanding it.” He leans forward with slit eyes. “But by all means, dismiss it if you cannot comprehend. Art survived the Mongols. I wager it will survive you."

Iron Gold, ch. 34: Darrow, p. 324

"My peril is thus: I am, and always have been, a man of great tastes. In a world replete with temptation, I found my spirit wayward and easy to distract. The idea of prison, that naked, metal world, crushed me. The first year, I was tormented. But then I remembered the voice of a fallen angel. ‘The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, or a hell of heaven.’ I sought to make the deep not just my heaven, but my womb of rebirth. I dissected the underlying mistakes which led to my incarceration and set upon an internal odyssey to remake myself. But—and you would know this, Reaper—long is the road up out of hell! I made arrangements for supplies. I toiled twenty hours a day. I reread the books of youth with the gravity of age. I perfected my body. My mind. Planks were replaced; new banks of cannon wrought in the fires of solitude. All for the next storm. Now I see it is upon me and I sail before you the paragon of Apollonius au Valii-Rath. And I ask one question: for what purpose have you pulled me from the deep?"

Iron Gold, ch. 34: Darrow, p. 327

"I welcome all tests."

Iron Gold, ch. 34: Darrow, p. 327

"I am not mad"

Iron Gold, ch. 46: Darrow, p. 436

"I ride to war. To glory. I ride for the head of the Ash Lord.” He lunges forward and lifts his razor. “I would not ride alone. So I say to you, my darkest devils, awake, arise, and reclaim your glory!"

Iron Gold, ch. 52: Darrow, p. 490

"Into this wild Abyss the warie fiend stood on the brink of Hell and look’d a while, pondering his voyage; for no narrow frith he had to cross!"

Iron Gold, ch. 52: Darrow, p. 493

"I sung of Chaos and Eternal Night Taught by the heav’nly Muse to venture down The dark descent, and up to reascend!"

Iron Gold, ch. 54: Darrow, p. 509

"A divine spectacle, Darrow.” He looks at my men with a smile. “A more glorious band of devils there is none. What a path you cut, like fallen seraphs amongst mortal men."

Iron Gold, ch. 54: Darrow, p. 509

"Ah, I see the Ash Lord has become most literal indeed."

Iron Gold, ch. 60: Darrow, p. 563

"Cry not, mortal child,” a voice says in the darkness. “They come on wings of sable, to rend your precious flesh, and send you to the doom which lies beyond this realm of pain."

Dark Age, ch. 39: Lysander: The Mind's Eye, p. 328

"Dwell not on me, mortal. Nocturnal devils are afoot. Awake, arise, or be forever fallen."

Dark Age, ch. 39: Lysander: The Mind's Eye, p. 328

"Until then, my noble foe, per aspera ad astra."

Light Bringer, ch. 4: Darrow: The Sordid Affair, p. 26

"Darrow, Darrow, Darrow. Truly you are divine. For you have answered my prayers. Welcome to the Dockyards of the Minotaur. Welcome to your doom."

Light Bringer, ch. 6: Darrow: Mortal Concerns, p. 55