This article is about the concept in Kencyr ethics. For the sixth novel in the series, see Honor's Paradox (book). For the song that tells the story of Tirandys' choice, see Honor's Paradox (song).

Obedience to one's Lord is considered the highest principle of honor, but the assumption inherent in that is that the Lord's commands are themselves honorable.

If the Lord's commands are dishonorable, is the greater dishonor found in obedience or defiance? It appears the Kencyr Law is silent on the question, assuming that a Kencyr Lord would know the Law and follow it to the letter, as they did for 30,000 years.

In the Fall, however, Gerridon commanded his followers to do dishonorable things, things forbidden by the Law. Since he was Highlord, there was no greater temporal power to countermand his orders, but they went against everything the Kencyrath stood for. Those of his followers who understood what they were being commanded to do were faced with Honor's Paradox.

For example, consider Tirandys and Terribend. Both were faced with the same decision. Tirandys decided that the Law was clear; his honor lay in obedience. If Gerridon's commands were dishonorable, unlawful, then the dishonor attached to him alone. Tirandys, who was Jame's Senethari, regretted that decision in time, and hopes that he has "taught her the Senethar by his example and honor by his mistakes". Terribend, however, chose defiance, and lost his soul for it.