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They are warlike," Tal answered, his voice low. He bit his lip a little before continuing. "But they are also honorable. They helped me return to the Castle. " "I know, it is hard to think of someone who has saved your life as an enemy," Jarnil observed. "But what do you think the Icecarls will do when they hear of a way into the Castle? Ebbitt tells me Milla came here for a Sunstone, that they are rare in the world beyond. I understand that there are many different bands or tribes. What if one of them sees us as a storehouse of riches to be plundered?
What about the other Sharers of the Light? " Jarnil looked down and mumbled something. " repeated Milla, who was the only one who had heard his words. " "There were only ever twelve of us," said Jarnil. "Thirteen if you count Ebbitt, though he was never formally in the group and sometimes I wondered… anyway, Rerem--your father--was one, Tal. After I I… began my new life down here, I made contact with them. But then over the years, they disappeared, one by one. Rerem was the last to go. " "No, he isn't," said Tal, shaking his head.
His Spiritshadow was gone. " gasped Tal, his question forgotten. " Jarnil looked down, his natural shadow mimicking the movement exactly, better than any Spiritshadow ever could. No Spiritshadow was that flexible, unlike the shadowguards of children. "I don't know," he said, the pain of his loss clear on his face. "I believe it was somehow forced to return my natural shadow, which bound it to me, and was then killed, or returned to Aenir, or--" "Or signed on to serve the good ship Sushin," interrupted Ebbitt gloomily.