he comment at first angered Vell, but the wizard could not honestly come to the defense of the ultraconservative government and decided not to respond. Gepin-Nor continued to gaze out past the city, past the horizon, and nearly a minute of silence passed before he commented again.
“We’re a doomed people, without the Shard of Lyfe. Redfern’s party must succeed, no matter what the cost.”
The healerpriest appeared puzzled.
“Of course!” he responded. “I would certainly lay down my life to protect Josephine—any healerpriest would. How little you understand me!”