Introduced by the author, explaining her aim of writing a story in her bleak Driftwood setting that was fun; one in which the characters refused to let the nihilism of that setting grind them down.

By now the rumors had spread; half the population of the Shreds seemed to know that Tolyat the scholar was trying something mad, and most of them had come to watch.  They parted, though, to allow Last through—along with the cart he was dragging behind him. Tolyat paused to stare.  "What in the name of everybody else's god is that?"

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