When he died in January 888 he had not a single faithful vassal, and the feudal lords resolved never again to place the sceptre in a hand that could not wield the sword.
It was markedly anti-socialistic. But from this period he passed almost entirely from public life, and ceased to wield the personal influence which he had done during the preceding years.
He'd always known the source of Death's magic was the souls, but he'd never seen his predecessor wield the light of the souls.
To wield a peaceful authority over all the subjects of the empire, to reward merit, and to punish transgressionsuch is the highest task of king and officials.
All discipline officers were permitted to wield the whip summarily and without the slightest check.