As Zélie and Inan prepare to attack the encampment, Zélie remembers the self-hatred she experienced after the Raid. She blamed her mother and magic for the tragedy. In time, she came to see the beauty in magic, and decided to hold on to her mother’s teachings. But it was difficult to hold onto the feeling that magic was beautiful in the face of Saran’s hatred.
The widespread, institutionalized prejudice against the divîners has pernicious effects, damaging divîners’ senses of esteem and self-worth. Zélie has realized that the culture of the divîners can serve as a connection to her mother, one of the reasons it is so valuable.
Inan walks towards the fortress and holds out the sunstone, calling to the guards that he wants to trade it. As more and more masked people emerge from the trees and the fort, Zélie dashes forward and Inan throws her the sunstone. It fills her with energy and visions of Oya. An army of animations swirl out of the ground.
Zélie is most powerful when she feels most closely connected to the gods. Even though her faith can feel distant in times of trouble, it can also be a source of strength and support.