Ross cringed and looked away as the Freeblood fed. "I hope you know what your limit is." Herrigan watched the boy leave and stared at the newcomer. "Lieutenant Delmion?" He shouldered his way past the Captian, who turned to look. "You've returned!" *** Llew nodded. Grumblefoot ran his fingers through his ashen beard. "Yer kin, it can't hur' ter try it, if yer wanter. Wha' be th' nature o' th' injury, exactly?" *** The Guard's gaze slid to the old Ratonga and then back to Rothgut. He shook the Ranger's hand. "Well, then, you should get her home, Mr. Plat." Rothgut nodded and turned, his paw empty as the Guard leaned on his pike and slipped his hand into a pocket. "Let's gets homes, nows." He went over and placed a paw on Tetri's back. "We's cants haves you's catching colds in this sea air agains, Mother. You's cant's wander by the docks alones." *** Aleteriq summoned Gleipnir to him again. He was tired and his connection to the wolf kept waning. Rene watched the ghostly pup curl up with the boy. "You have begun training as a Shaman?" The boy nodded, finding it easy to talk to someone who looked so much like his mother. "U-Uncle Thrain is t-teaching me." "You've an Uncle?" She brushed his hair from his eyes as he nodded. "I have three Uncles. Thrain, G-Ginner and N-Nord-dri." "And what of your Father?" She straightened the blanket, but his eyes went wide and he looked away, biting his lip. Alaric sat down in the den, indicating that Pepin should take the seat opposite. The Squire sat down. "I want to know how this young child is the son of my daughter who died fourteen years ago." The Koada'dal said. "And who does he keep mistaking me for that he fears so much." Pepin frowned. "I thought Llew sent you a letter explain-" "I was misplaced before I read it through." He said curtly. *** Hoddmimir scoffed. "Garidy would like to disagree with that." Aloyiius was glad that the children were not as upset as he thought they would be. He turned back, deciding to ignore the Arasai. "Ah-yes, back to the story, then." He cleared his throat and continued. "The few of our brethern who could not cope took the the forests, leaving our village and our work. They attacked any who drew close to them, raving and muttering madmen and so we lost more of our brothers as the seasons rolled on either to the madness or to the madmen. Our home became more and more dangerous as the land began to shiver and quake beneath our feet. The great trees and mushroom shuddered and not a few toppled over." *** Isatis nodded as she pressed on with the healing spell. It was faint at first, but a small eddie of leaves began to swirl around them. "I think we should. I've not had much experience with poisons so I'm not exactly sure if I'm helping any."