“I have reviewed the great books, written by hand, on the subject of the Dreaming Moon and fabled Vloles. Ad Dakhla‘s transcriptions of vanished Le Aaiun. The lamentations of Køs, as set down by Hawza Lemseid. Others that few would recognize and fewer have read.”

“I do not need an accounting of the contents of your library,” Farciya said. “I simply need to know why you wish to travel the frozen wastes of the Harbiyyah with me as your guide.”

“That much is simple,” replied Tiris. “I believe that there is another way to the Dreaming Moon and fabled Vloles to the far north, and I wish to reach it.”

“Why?”

“Why is not part of the price. Only how, and if.”

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