"My life consists of strife; the essence of war runs through my veins. I have known nothing but battle since the day I was born; I have fought thousands of enemies. I have seen the icy fear of death so many times that it can no longer touch me. Now, you say you will release me from my service? How can I ever live a quiet life of peace, when the only dance I know is that of the arena floor, and the only song the warcries of ferocious warriors and an audience no less bloodthirsty? How can there ever be rest for someone who has made war a part of his soul?"