His youngest sister, Talal, stood in the doorway to his war quarters, her gaze hopeful.
Talal, send Ne'Rin to the practice fields.
Nishani took the hands of his youngest sister, Talal, and began to speak, animated compared to the serene women of his world.
"She's so little," Talal murmured.
D'Ryn sighed, and Talal whispered to the eldest sister.
Talal strode toward her, and Kiera waited.
Talal motioned to a nearby door.
She hesitated, but Talal entered and reappeared several moments later with a small bowl of water.
Nishani, here women are forbidden to fight, Talal said with a shake of her head.
"There are many things to do," Talal said with a nervous giggle.
"Yes, nishani," Talal said.
"Your brother is …" Talal appeared apprehensive, and Kiera curbed her tongue.
"My brother doesn't believe your influence would complement us," Talal said.
Talal paused in an open doorway leading to a large, green field behind the dwelling occupied by hundreds, perhaps thousands, of warriors organized into sparring groups of four and five.
Talal appeared oblivious and approached Ne'Rin, whose body glowed with sweat.
He'd been fighting, but tucked the sword behind his body, as if to protect Talal from it.
A brisk nod, and Talal stepped away, waiting.
Talal handed a translator to Ne'Rin, who accepted it and motioned for them to sit.
Talal says you have no knowledge of our war.
"Our people have suffered for fifteen sun-cycles," Talal added.
"My brother is the best warrior," Talal said proudly.
He looked at the younger woman hard, and Talal apologized quietly.
Talal gasped, and Ne'Rin studied her.
"We had hoped Ne'Rin's sister would be made nishani," Talal said.
"He's angry about his sister," Talal said.
Following Wallin's route across the desert by Mean and Jauf, Palgrave and his companion, a Syrian Christian, reached Hail in July 1862; here they were hospitably entertained by the amir Talal, nephew of the founder of the Ibn Rashid dynasty, and after some stay passed on with his countenance through Kasim to southern Nejd.
At Riad, Fesal, who had been in power since the Egyptian retirement, was still reigning; and the religious tyranny of Wahhabism prevailed, in marked contrast to the liberal regime of Talal in Jebel Shammar.
Though tolerant in religion, Talal was careful to avoid the suspicion of lukewarmness towards the Wahhabi formulas.
Equally guarded was his attitude to the Turkish authorities; it is not improbable that Talal had also entered into relations with the viceroy of Egypt to ensure his position in case of a collision with the Porte.
On the 11th of March 1868 Talal, smitten with an incurable malady, fell by his own hand and was succeeded by his brother Matab; after a brief reign he was murdered by his nephews, the elder of whom, Bandar, became amir.