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[A]sk your great-aunt Anku what she and the other so-called free women do day by day. Theirs is a job like any other, not an excuse never to grow up.
Gran Cyd, Honor's Paradox, "Chapter II: Winter Solstice", I

A war maid or battle maid is a Merikit woman who chooses to fight and hunt like a man.[1] They do not marry, and may take whatever lover they choose.[2] They live in a lodge on the west side of the Merikit village.[3]

Prid considers the war maids' life "free," although it truth it is not.[4][5]

To become a war maid, a girl needs to be admittance by the current war maids.[6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Honor's Paradox, "Lexicon" — "war maid—a Merikit woman who chooses to fight and hunt like a man"
  2. Bound in Blood, "Chapter XV: Winter's Eve", I — " 'How many housebonds do you plan to take?' Prid tossed her tawny mane. 'None. I'm going to be a battle maid and fight and hunt and take whatever lover I choose,' "
  3. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter X: Spring Equinox" — " 'It’s on the west side of the village next to the war maids’.' "
  4. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter II: Winter Solstice", I — " 'but you know that I only want to run free as a war maid.' 'But you don’t like to fight or to shed blood, even on the hunt. Moreover, ask your great-aunt Anku what she and the other so-called free women do day by day. Theirs is a job like any other, not an excuse never to grow up.' "
  5. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter X: Spring Equinox" — " 'Prid envies what she sees as our free life.' 'It’s hardly that,' […] 'So you and I know full well.' "
  6. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter XVIII: Summer's Eve", I — " 'the war maids are of two minds whether to accept her into theirs. Ever.' "
  7. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter XVIII: Summer's Eve", II — " 'The war maids have refused her admittance.' "

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