A Matter of Honor
"I cannot accept that," Thark growled. "We are being humiliated! We must even use human units of measurement. Standard years? Terran years is what you mean!"
"Still -- "
"We have no one in the nobility except for myself," Thark continued, ignoring her attempted protest. "No Irschchan is a Ranger, none command major military ships or bases. Does that seem equitable to you?"
"It does not seem inequitable, simply on the basis of numbers," Corina pointed out. "Humans occupy thousands of worlds, the Traiti hundreds, while we occupy only this one completely. And it is possible they have talents or abilities we lack."
Thark groaned inwardly. This was not going well, but she was too valuable to lose; he would have to keep trying.
"They do not," he told her. "I have scanned a large number of humans, tourists and administrative officials