“Do you know what the realm is? It’s a thousand blades of Aegon’s enemies, a story we agree to tell each other over and over again until we forget that it’s a lie,” a fairy tale on a massive scale. But he believes that the destruction of that lie provides opportunities for the kinds of people who aren’t normally set up for happy endings, the lords of no consequences, the eunuchs from across the narrow sea. “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. Some are given a chance to climb but they refuse. They cling to the realm. Or the Gods. Or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.”