03-17-2009, 06:47 PM
Rian did slow down; he was trying to think of a way to answer without revealing too much about where he'd come from. He had an uncomfortable feeling about what the settlement leaders had done after he'd left. The general practice was to broadcast an exile's crimes in order to shame them and dissuade others from following their examples; Rian had seen the same thing happen to others who'd broken the moral code laid down by the leaders. Then he'd laughed at them; now tho, he didn't find the prospect funny in the slightest.