“I say that if a woman can only have power through a man, then let it be with the most powerful man she can find.” –Attila
Any power I have gained I got by wits and my Will or because I took it as I saw fit. Certainly not merely because I allied myself with a powerful man. As a woman and a sovereign, I resent the idea that my sex is of no use except as a consort to a male authority figure Let a man find his power on his own. And if I find him worthy I may be inclined to take him as an ally. Where I come from, no man may rule but through the High Lady, and only then as her Consort. I have, in my very long and immortal life, known many a powerful men. And interestingly enough, one or two of them are still around in my life. The man that I chose as my husband and consort was not the most powerful man. However, he certainly was one of the most feared in all of France. The fact that I love him is a given. I hope that he shall forgive me for saying that the fear he caused, became as the fear of me. His power was in a different form, and it has proven to be most useful.
I must confess, too many members of my own sex over the centuries had not the slightest inkling of looking up past their embroidery hoops long enough to note the world of politics, history, science or any number of subjects that would have made them far more interesting to the members of the opposite sex. Of course, so many women will quite naturally choose to latch on to the most powerful man that they can. Power is by itself an aphrodisiac, and power coupled with wealth is an even greater one. You would think, in talking to some of them , that being taken care of, looked after or provided for somehow absolved them from any responsibility for taking control of their own lives – or even the necessity to think for themselves. Outside of giving just enough conjugal visits in order to produce a male heir, all they needs do is to be mistress of the household, make certain to tend to the social obligations as most wives must and in the process be sure not to embarrass him in said society. He upholds his part of the bargain by providing for her a wardrobe a roof overhead for her and the children suitable to their station. As long as does not leave his family penniless should he unfortunately pass away before she does, then the match can be considered to be a success.
Such an existence is beneath contempt!
Make no mistake, I can play the game of the Courtier and done and continue to do so to the level of Art. Men are excellent companions, confidants and a few of them are actually worthwhile conversationalists. I much prefer the company of men because they can hold conversations about politics, history, philosophy and science. I find that an intelligent and thoughtful man can often be even more powerful than a King. Some such men have actually been Kings, Princes, Warlords or even Counts. Power is relative. Power belongs not to the man who necessarily has such a title, but he who makes sufficient use of what he does have. If a woman has a brain enough to catch and hold one that will maintain such an alliance and treat her as an equal , then truly that is what true Power is about.
Muse: Fanny Fae / Faelyn
Fandom: Original Character / Folklore Mythology.
Word Count: 611