Wow, you know I had the hardest time coming up with a post for the letter H? Then it hit me like a ton of bricks.
Honor means different things to different people. Personally, I think guns are cheating. There is no honor in killing someone with a gun. (Not that killing people is glamorous, mind you.) I mean in war.
Before guns, there were catapults and trebuchets, things that could launch rocks from huge distances. Bow and arrows, again accomplished the same thing. But these things took great skill to fire. (I will get comments about guns needing skill too, I am sure.) But it took massive amounts of people to move catapults and trebuchets. It took strength and skill to fire off a bow.
Soldiers fought hand to hand combat with sword, spear and shield. When those weapons were lost, they had their bare hands. I don't condone killing for the sake of killing, I'm also a peaceful person, not a warmonger. I don't condone war, but if you are going to fight, don't be cowardly about it. Be honorable!
Honor also means, to me, being loyal to your family, your spouse, your children. Friends. And another H word goes hand in hand with Honor. Honesty. Humiliation. Don't grovel at someone's feet for pity's sake, but show you have humility, show you are honest and trustworthy.
This is why, when I write, my characters tend to have Honor deeply ingrained. While they all have their own views of what Honor is, they still have it. I refuse to put guns in my fantasy writing. But that is not just because I don't think they're an honorable way of combat, I have personal issues with guns as well.
My MFC (Main Female Character) is a lot like me. She's honest, even though it gets people mad at her. She's loyal, she's honorable. She gives everyone the benefit of the doubt, puts her faith in them and trusts them until they do something to prove her wrong. She will give them second chances, after that.... forget it. It would take a lot for them to come back into her good graces.
What does Honor mean to you?
Favorite H band: Hoobastank. Favorite H movie: Howl's Moving Castle. And just to toss it out there, my favorite Holiday is Halloween! Hehe!