When people talk about "burning bright but briefly", it usually refers to them dying. It's honestly what I expect out of Odysseus given his thirst for war, his promise to Andreas, and his camaraderie with the warrior lodges. He might even have a death wish already given his comments at Dyulino Pass, although that's not enough proof that he does. Time will tell.I’m expecting Odysseus’ reign to be entirely about eastwards conquests while Athena runs the home front as co-empress in all but name. But Odysseus will burn bright and briefly. He will conquer for a few spectacular years, draw a line, and then abdicate in favour of his sister.