In this scene, Brendyn-- the great nephew of Deamante--the sitting ruler of the Dominion, is attending a meeting of The Delegations. He was given no choice about attending. Deamante claims no children, and Brendyn has become next in line to rule--of which he wants no part..
"Unable to focus any longer on Deamante’s hate-filled words, Brendyn’s mind wondered, taking him to a place, and a boyhood friendship formed during his summers on a world that eschewed hatred. The spiritual folks who ran it had stressed tolerance, and saw to fostering a deep understanding within the young summer-visitors.
He pictured the face of Aaydan, and recalled how many times pain had been the expression...the pain of emotions he faced while being taught the reality in the rest of the Dominion. The teachers had been straightforward with all of the children, and Aaydan knew that the future waiting on him was one of rejection, perhaps even physical threat.
When looking at Aaydan, Brendyn had only ever seen the face of a friend; there had never been the face of evil. But evil was the face that Deamante saw when he looked at an Albainn..."