I have lived many ages of men, Steven. Centuries without end. I have seen many great men, and known countless honors. But the greatest honor of this ancient and tired soul has been the privilege of fighting beside you, and calling you my friend. May grace and peace be with you, to the end of all things.
I want you always to remember me. Will you remember that I existed, and that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this?
— Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami