...now clear that loyalty to the queen is the only way to survive what is to come. I must make my way to the crossroads and pledge fealty to her.
Yet I am plagued by doubts. How can I turn my back on my life? On my brethren? On my master? I want to beg her to come with me, but I know she never would. No, her life is here within the city. I'm just not sure mine is.
Once I have the power promised me, I will return and...<Prior and subsequent passages are faded and unreadable.>