Their backstory is not remembering their backstory

After the storm, the message was found pinned by a gleaming dagger to the bole of an ash tree:
THE SEELIE HAVE COMMITTED AN OUTRAGE ON THE LORD OF THE HOUSE OF FIRE AND THE SONS OF TELLUS INVICTUS. AN EYE WILL BE THE PRICE OF AN EYE AND BURNING THE RETURN OF BURNING, UNTIL FAIR ELEONORA IS RETURNED.
Nain the ironsmith, and the orphan boy from down the marsh were the closest two who could read.
The listeners nodded among themselves. It was common knowledge, even in pitiful places like here, that Eleonora would marry a high prince of the Terrans. Why a lord of the stars would wish to marry a maid of known ill-luck and whose dower-lands were nothing but a pittance of swamp and wasteland, was his own business.
Someone opined: “I hear they found steel in the Waste; they will hire dwarves with the Lord Fire’s gold to dig it up for them.”
Nain snorted. “When did Lord Fire ever give gold to anyone? If he pays dwarf-kind, he’ll pay them in steel, too—steel and fire, yea.”
“What do the Terrans want iron for?”
“I hear they worship it, like Kothim worship the sun.”
“I wonder what Lord Fire’d pay for her back.”
“Burning and wounds, same as the one who took her. I wonder who stuck that sign out there and why. Scrape some mud on it, it’s giving me the creeps.”
The blond boy lingered after the rest dispersed. Glancing both ways, he wrenched the gleaming dagger from the trunk, tested the edge with his thumb, only to instantly wince and stick the digit into his mouth.
Nain was long gone; among the stolid villagers, he alone might have noticed that, despite the boy’s reaction, there was no blood on the polished blade.

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Author: leighbrackettsland

Student. Reader. Watcher. Dabbler.

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