Now it’s day and night the irons clang, and like poor galley slaves
We toil and toil, and when we die, must fill fiery graves
But some dark night, when everything is silent in the town
I’ll shoot those tyrants one and all, I’ll whip the flogger down
I’ll give the land a little shock, remember what I say,
And they’ll yet regret they’ve sent us all in chains to Brimstone Bay
Tanjari, my dear sister,
I don’t know if this letter will ever reach you, or how old you’ll be when it does, but I wanted to get this down on paper while I have the chance. I’m sure you’ve heard it said that we tieflings are the daughters of hell—that we’re kin to the types that crawl through the Abyss, hungry for little children who misbehave. I want you to know that no one’s ever told a fouler lie. We share nothing with the things that dwell below.
I’ve been a prisoner twice now, Tanjari. You might be about to grow up in a free city, and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. In a city or in a cell, there isn’t anything you can compare to being a prisoner, and I don’t want you to ever go through that. More than once now, I’ve come too close to never seeing you and your sister again—I don’t want to hide that from you. I love you with all my heart.
The world outside the city walls has been no less cruel to us than the orcs were, so it’s up to us to make a safe place for ourselves. Union City is the closest thing to that we’ve got, so don’t get any funny ideas about leaving any time soon. I’m not so great at the ‘parenting’ thing, and if you’re my sister I know you’ll break any rule I lay down, so here’s a few things I wish I’d have heard at your age:
1) Debts are made to fuck you over.
2) Deals are usually made to the benefit of the one offering, so if you have to take one, make it on your terms.
3) There’s nothing good at sea.
4) You can usually trust elves.
5) If you meet someone with her hands cut off, y
5) No such thing as a fair fight.
I’ll see you again. Your mentor is a fortune teller who used to make a ton off tourists in District 3. If he turns out to be a phony, steal back his down payment and I’ll split it with you when I get back.