I am Kathuk sene Ischel.
In a language no one speaks anymore, my name means “Ischel who comes from Kathuk.” But what it really means is “Ischel who comes from some long, old line of important people and Kathuk was the oldest and most important and so surely this Ischel will now grow old becoming important.”
And that old name from that old language is why I’m sitting here now, in a chamber of old, important people with old, important names. We’re all looking down at the youngest person here, still a kid, really, but with the oldest, important-est name out of any of us.
We’re deciding if he should die.