From saga novel Far Arena by Lynda Williams.
"I do not believe in zer-pol," said Horth. "Not in a soul born to suffer. It is foul. The Nesaks made it up."
Bryllit held her breath. Is Horth an unbeliever, too? she thought, shocked.
I believe in zer-pol," said Horth.
Bryllit's thick eyebrows arched, curious but reassured. "Who?"
Ameron perhaps," said Horth, and added with more certainty, "or Erien."
In the theology of orthodox variation of Okal Rel, shared by the Nesaks and Nersallians, a zer-pol is a great soul possessed of the gentle virtues, who teaches warriors who to view as enemies by falling victim to the same. A zer-rel is a great soul manifesting the rel virtues: a warrior or liege. Bryllit believes Amel is a zer-pol. But Horth's focus is on Erien, whom he thinks might be a zer-rel.