That dragon queen’s got the real item, the kind that don’t break and run when you fart in their general direction.”
Note: Does Martin really need to borrow from Monty Python?
It was never wise for a ruler to eschew the trappings of power, for power itself flows in no small measure from such trappings.
Power tastes best when sweetened by courtesy.
“A fair bargain leaves both sides unhappy, I’ve heard it said.
Note: Unhappy? Perhaps. I might say "warily content" otherwise what incentive does either side have to close.