“Those who die on the battlefield
are not royalty, nobility, or commoners. They are the defeated who die.”
Griffith, Vol. 8 Ch.
was the great equalizer. Griffith
was inspired by the impartiality of death in war, and took that
mentality with him to the upscale arena of political intrigue. Since he
was born a commoner, Griffith
was often underestimated by the upper class, and he took full advantage
of this fact. Although he was generally well-liked, there were some who
saw his rapid rise in station as a threat not only to themselves, but to
the very foundations of society. To
Griffith, however, manipulating the interests of squabbling nobles was child’s
play. He saw right trough the assassination plots laid down against him,
and countered with his own.
"Those eyes... Like he was trying
to daunt me. Like he was looking down on some worthless thing... That
was his expression. Ridiculous!! I'm royalty!! Second in line to the
Midland!! Compared to that common boy, there's a world of difference
in both social standing and rank!! And yet it was the same during the
hunt. For one instant, like a beast hunting prey... Yes! Looking at me
with eyes just like a hawk's...!!" Julius, Vol. 6 Ch. 3
is important to note that Griffith
never initiated violence, only exacted revenge. It was simply not worth
his energy to do otherwise. Humble and sweet as his public face was,
there was no doubt in Griffith’s mind that he was superior in every way to the overdressed monkeys
that called themselves aristocrats. But when one stepped out of line, he
would make sure they knew their place.
caught sight of my eyes then. I knew from that time that you would never
permit my existence. At that instant your eyes betrayed your fear. When
a man is faced with something he truly fears he cannot ignore it. He has
only two options... He can become subordinate and fall under its wing,
or he can strike out and erase the fear.” Griffith, Vol. 8 Ch.
could withstand the true intensity of Griffith’s gaze. It stripped away the masks of etiquette and let him see a
person’s underlying motives. He liked to test people from time to
time, and if he sensed foul play, he moved quickly to sabotage any
developing conspiracy. He would scout the terrain by gathering evidence,
close in by enlisting turncoats or spies, and strike at the most
opportune moment. It was very much like setting up a battlefield, except
that afterwards there’d be no trace of his involvement. When all the
pieces were in place, Griffith
would unleash upon his enemies his ultimate weapon: Guts.