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More from THE BLACK TOWER. And some minor spoiler alert.
Fallen Knight Azander Dane has a dark past. The order he once belonged to, the Dawn Knights, were declared outlaws after they seemingly took it upon themselves to round up and execute hundreds of Bloodspeakers (a type of mage most believe are naturally evil) in a number of death camps hidden deep in the Razortooth Mountains. Most of the Dawn Knights are dead now, killed during the infighting that occurred in the aftermath of the mass slayings (when Dane and a few others led a revolt against the commander of their order), while others were later hunted down and executed by agents of the same Empire that had secretly ordered them to carry out their foul deeds.
Dane has been living with his crimes ever since.
Dane waited, alone and in the dark.
Over the course of his cursed life he’d been many things, few of them good. He wondered what the One Goddess would think of him if he stood before the gates of heaven now, his soul measured, weighed on the scales of deeds. He looked back at the events of his life, at all of the dreams he’d left unfulfilled and the people he’d killed. He looked at the young boy he’d once been, and the monster he’d become. And though he’d spent the last few weeks trying to redeem himself he knew that would never happen. He saw through the human skin now, saw the beast underneath.
Everything he’d ever hoped and lived for had been crushed in those camps: no matter what else he did or what else he might become, he would always be one of those mad knights who’d slaughtered people in the mountains.
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