He is originally from Vladikavkaz, the son of a riverboat captain and her first mate.
“Not at all. You care about these people.”
“I wasn’t sure I would when Irina asked me to become kniaz. My family is from Vladikavkaz. We’re sailors as much as boyars. What did I know about mining and the folk who delve into the earth?” He chuckled wryly. “That was over a decade ago. You’d have to knock me unconscious to make me leave now.”
- Brief Is My Flame