This was the story out of which God Stalk grew. My idea at the time was to put Jame in a Fritz Leiber-esque setting and see what happened. For the Gray Mouser, see Jame; for Fahrd, see Marc. For the gods, well, see them for themselves, whatever the hell they are. It was supposed to be a five-finger exercise, to see if I could write a novel. I wrote the first draft at Clarion, the workshop for would-be science fiction and/or fantasy writers, and Kate Wilhelm bought it. That was my first professional sale.
– P. C. Hodgell, Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry, "A Matter of Honor"
"A Matter of Honor" is the third short story involving Jame that P.C. Hodgell wrote, and the first from inside Jame's head. It introduced Tai-tastigon and was the basis for Chapter 9 of God Stalk (which bears the same title).