** Possible Spoiler ahead about Bela if you haven't read book 14 ** Hello to everyone. I would like to rant and rave a little pose some questions and possibly start a good discussion. I'm a 43 year old man, I was in the navy for ten years and deployed several times overseas including one year in a very hostile country. I'm not a small man nor am I prone to crying for silly reasons. But when I read the part when Bela dies, well I lost my sh!t. All my composure was gone. I had to read those words several times because I was hoping I had mis-read. No, no mistake. Now I realize crying is good for the soul but I haven't cried since......well since the end of the movie "Old Yeller". So there I was tears streaming down my cheeks and murmuring Bela over and over. Then I was a little angry. And I had a question. My question, the obvious one, why did Bela have to die? It served no purpose as far as pacing or plotlines go and we already knew the enemies were ferocious and brutal. So why? Why did the horse that carried the Dragon reborn to his destiny, the horse that carried the future Amyrlin to her salvation and the horse that carried a deposed Amyrlin to to freedom from her captors need to die? But of course Bela did a lot more than the things I mentioned. So I pose the question to everyone. Why did Bela die?