The thrill of victory is tainted by the thought of all those who died in the competition, many of whom perished at Zélie and Tzain’s own hands. In Amari, who killed the other captain to save her, Zélie sees a warrior for the first time.
Zélie, Tzain, and Amari want to see an end to needless suffering, especially the deaths of so many innocent divîners. But in their pursuit of that goal, they have just killed many divîners. The pursuit of peace has its own extremely difficult costs. Although she abhors that kind of violence, Zélie does think of Amari’s newly demonstrated ability to kill as an impressive asset.
The announcer presents them with the glowing sunstone. Touching it fills Zélie with a surge of warmth and energy. She knows that she could summon unlimited animations and take down the announcer and the bloodthirsty spectators—but she knows it’s not what the gods would want.
Zélie considers using her powers to exact violence on all those who have harmed the divîners for so long, but she recognizes that such an action would not bring the peace she hopes for.