Deidre shifted, aware again that she was now defenseless against the creatures that used to either fear her or at least, respect her power.
Someone had lied to her about Lilith, who had died defenseless and alone.
Without the contents of the vial, Rhyn was defenseless against any immortal.
They looked at her, and she suspected they were silently cursing the defenseless civilian.
A sinking man who clutches at another and drowns him; or a hungry mother exhausted by feeding her baby, who steals some food; or a man trained to discipline who on duty at the word of command kills a defenseless man-- seem less guilty, that is, less free and more subject to the law of necessity, to one who knows the circumstances in which these people were placed, and more free to one who does not know that the man was himself drowning, that the mother was hungry, that the soldier was in the ranks, and so on.