Tiris had convinced only two of the remaining porters to accompany him north with Farciya. The other two took the bloody canoe, from which the sound-haunts had torn their compatriots, and portaged east, toward a river that would bring them to the Silver Sea and home.

Farciya insisted on paying them their full wages, and Tiris did not object. Supplies meant for ten would last four far longer.

They cached everything that could not be carried by burying it and then continued to sail north. Farciya warned that soon nighttime would desert them as they entered the lands where the sun is eternal and the night is even more so. It would behoove themes finish their travels before the long night began, for not even she knew what horrors emerged to tread the dreamlands in perpetual blackness.

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