I heard voices as I slept.
"Panna, I need to speak to him."
"He's asleep, Secondus."
"Dammit. Why are you protecting him?"
"He contracted my services."
"How much is he paying you?"
"It's not about the money. You know better than that."
Secondus grumbled under his breath.
"For all that you have praised him, what has you in a fit?"
"Were you in the woods last night? After the fire?"
"No. I moved my gear and went to sleep. Why?"
Secondus winced. "He... there aren't words for it. He feasted is probably the best way to say it. I don't know what he did or how he justified it, but he was less wisp and more reaper. The game is in tatters. Everybody has been set back to at least the beginning of the season, if not further. It's going to take weeks to untangle this mess, if we even can. We just might have to--"
"Don't... don't say it..."
"You can't stop it Panna. Something has to be salvaged. A retcon might be the only option."
"What about Ody?"
"He didn't touch Ody. Crazy, but of everybody who's here, Ody is in the best shape as far as player characters go. He's been under close watch, but he seems... like he's given up, like he knows what's coming. I don't even know what's coming."
"Has anybody been in the forest since sunrise?"
"I don't think so. Why?"
Panna glanced back at the tent. "You probably shouldn't let anybody out of the campground until he wakes. You know him. Would he do anything for no reason?"
Secondus fell quiet for a long time. "I'll see what I can do."
I stirred, half waking like I'd forgotten something, before shifting to another position and drifting off once more.