‘Is that all it is, then?’ Elend asked. ‘Expressions and costumes? Is that what makes a king?’

‘Of course not.’

Elend stopped by the door, turning back. ‘Then, what does? What do you think makes a man a good king, Tindwyl of Terris?’

‘Trust,’ Tindwyl said, looking him in the eyes. ‘A good king is one who is trusted by his people—and one who deserves that trust.’

– Elend Venture and Tindwyl of Terris, The Well of Ascension