As Zod was led through the ghost wall towards the place where he was to be tied to a cross, he daydreamed about his homeland and the company of a certain young woman named Ursa. Ursa was not from Khitai and Zod’s father strictly forbade him from seeing her.
Ursa was from Hyrkania across the mountains to the West. She had been taken as a slave by Kaghan’s relative, who was a member of House Bataar After some time living in Bataar’s house, and after she had come of age, Ursa was apprenticed to become a concubine.
Zod met Ursa when they were both 16 years old. When Zod saw her she was sitting down to eat her lunch under an oak tree near the Bataar main house. Zod saw her and thought that she looked like an angel, and after gathering his courage, walked up to her and said:
“Zod wishes to sit beside you and enjoy your beauty and company, what do you say, loveliest of House Bataar?”
Ursa looked up at Zod and replied, “My lord may do as he pleases since I am only a slave in this house.”
With that Ursa smiled at Zod and his heart leaped inside his chest. Then Ursa, seeing that Zod was enamored and speechless, continued, “Sit beside me my Lord Zod, Son of Kaghan, I do not bite.” She then appropriately covered her mouth and giggled as Zod sat down beside her on the grass.
Zod had never before encountered a girl as beautiful as Ursa. To him, her beauty surpassed that of even the Empress! Even though to say, or even think such a thing, was treasonous– this aspect only added to his fire for Ursa. Soon the two were lovers, then close friends, and then soul mates of an exceptionally deep spiritual connection.
Zod would never again feel the way he did during those years… and as he thought of Ursa, tears began to pour out of his eyes and roll down his cheeks.