Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
"'...we live on the edge. We have got to show we aren't safe for unfriends to touch. Otherwise, what's next?'
"'Nemo me impune lacessit,' Flandry murmured.
"No matter. Ancient saying. Too damned ancient; does nothing ever change at heart?'"
-Poul Anderson, Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight Of Terra (New York, 2012), p. 573.
Everything changes but not at the same rate. The Latin phrase, meaning "No one attacks me with impunity," is the motto of the Scottish Order of the Thistle and of three Scottish regiments, appeared on the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Scotland and still appears on the version of the United Kingdom coat of arms used in Scotland. The saying, apparently attributed to Julius Caesar, has had wide use in military contexts, according to Wikipedia.
Gospodar Bodin plans a retaliatory attack on the Merseian Rhoidunate. Knowing that the Empire would disapprove, Flandry nevertheless participates in "Bodin's raid" and even provides it with a suitable target, Chereion. Bombarding this planet cripples Merseian Intelligence and the Empire, if it had had the will, could then have finished Merseia.