In medieval times, it was common for monarchs to acquire hostages from their vassals in order to guarantee their future loyalty. These hostages were often gained in the aftermath of a quelled rebellion. If the hostages’ families rebelled again, the hostage would be executed. Therefore, it is the fear of what could happen to the hostages that keeps the vassals in line. I will be exploring this concept in my third fantasy book and depict the relationship between the emperor and one of his hostages.