The pawn, which is a rusted game piece made of majacite, symbolizes Inan’s unwavering loyalty to his father, King Saran, and the way in which this loyalty is harmful to Inan. The game piece is a memory of Inan’s father, and he clings to it in times of stress—ostensibly for comfort, but in reality just to remind himself of all the ways he’s falling short of his father’s plans for him. This self-inflicted emotional torture is mirrored by actual physical pain: because the pawn is made of majacite, it stings Inan’s skin as he begins to develop powers. Being loyal to his father is actually just hurting Inan, both literally and emotionally, and will never provide him with the love and approval he craves. In fact, blind loyalty has caused him to commit violence and suppress his identity as a connector, hurting others as well as himself.
Majacite Pawn Quotes in Children of Blood and Bone
This pawn was the only piece I managed to salvage. Shame ripples through me as I stare at the tarnished metal. The only gift he’s ever given me, and at its core is hate.