Erinys wrote:Hivers are sentient beings, so there is no difficulty understanding directly analogous loyalties. A samurai's house is very similar to a Hiver family in terms of the relationships and expectations.
Except I doubt a hiver princess would commit suicide or submit to execution as long as a single of her house is still in fighting condition (barring very special circumstances, like the fate of the entirety of the hiver race).
I think you have to consider the point that Hivers know that Humans are different, and know enough of Human thoughtproccesses to understand that we do such thing now and then. And more importantly, the daimyo in question could much easier be related to a Prince, a leader of warriors. I seem to remember references to Hiver Princes sacrificing themselves if their loyalty had been won. In this case Honour itself would be related to the Princess/Queen since the daimyo treated it with the same respect as a truly loyal Prince would his Princess/Queen.
What would in fact be very inspiring is the fact that Princes aren't equally loyal as the others, but here the analogue kills himself rather than let his 'love' suffer for it. A romantic notion. But then again, that is a human way of considerng it. We romantizice things that are impossible, and especially those that overcome those impossibilities. In this case however I think it is fittng enough. I doubt a Hiver would be very impressed, or rather at the brink of tears (can they secrete fluid from their eyes?) from the beauty of hte impossible situation overcome, if the story is about simply working hard before finally achieving a status quo. Like a factory worker working hard to get his children an education. Hivers do that every day, it's their life (yes yes, humans too, but on another scale, thus the human problems might seem oddly small). They might enjoy the way this is presented, but the actual story would just be socialrealism of a mundane character.
Another story I think the Hivers could enjoy would be something like the Spartans at Thermopylae. Each man is no better than the next, but as a whole they are much better than their adversaries, and in the end they sacrifice their lives to a man (well minus one) for the good of their 'clan'. Each individual giving his best unto death, and that best was very good indeed.
Of course if they knew the real story, with all the allied forces retreating in hte end and the potentially less than brilliant decision to stay with an important component of the army, yet one of so small tactical size, that it was quickly eradicated. I guess they might be more baffled than impressed.