Q: You were exiled for murder. Have you made your peace being a convict-colonist in Edgeland?
A: I defended my sister’s honor. I’m not sorry for it, and I’d do it again. I expected King Merrill to have me killed. I accepted that fate. The king’s “mercy” sent me to the Velant prison and condemned me to the northern rim of the world. I did my time, earned my Ticket of Leave. Edgeland is home now.
Q: You survived three years in the Velant prison, known for its harsh conditions. Was that difficult, since you were a lord (although, granted, you had been stripped of the title)?
A: It was difficult, since I was a human being. Velant’s just an ice-cold charnel house. I’ve been out three years. Sometimes, I can sleep. Not often.
Q: If it were ever possible for convicts to return to Donderath—
A: (Interrupting) It isn’t.
Q: But if it were….would you?
A: I can’t imagine why I would. I’ve carved out a home here in Edgeland. It’s not much, but I’ve discovered I don’t need much. I’ve got a way to earn a living, and friends to drink with. I can’t imagine why I’d return to Donderath….maybe if it were the end of the world….