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Something is wrong.
I am no great pattern worker. I know a few techniques that aid me in my duty: How to lower the light of an already dim bar room; how to sharpen a blade without a whetstone; how to make voice twice itself. Even to call these ‘techniques,’ feels false: They are tricks. I know that. But I also know this: The world is askew.
There is a simple pattern I do when trying to find mirrors: I break an egg onto a large, north-facing rock and then break the yolk with something made of copper. The yolk splits in two, and from how it falls, I know which direction to travel. Except for the past month, the yolk doesn’t split, it shatters.
But even that is not why I write you, Tel. Patterns change, we know this. The earth shakes 20 days from here and that upsets the alignment. Sure. Fine. But my mundane efforts should not be affected. I am not a successful Collector because of some gimmick, but because I can track a horse’s path over stone, Tel, but I lost one in the mud last week. Because I can see in a face the construction of a white lie, but had a thief tell me he was a philanthropist and I believed him. Because I can track the smells of certain plants across distances you would not believe—but I’ve lost track of a man covered in its scent.
What is happening, Tel? And how can I help?
This week on Friends at the Table: The Shield of Our Will
Your instinct is right, of course—your technique has not faltered, it is only the world that is changing. I write these next words only because I trust that they will go no further:
Something is wrong. The Original Pattern has come out of alignment. H, K, and I work on it still. We are close to achieving a route to it, but we must send the right agent.
Your quarry is not lost on the wind, my young friend. He is drifting towards where he is needed most.

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Winter in Hieron episodes
"An Arrow Let Loose" · "A Museum in the Distance" · "You Haven't Kept Up, Have You?" · "A Combination of Notes" · "Blood Doesn't Run" · "All Violence, All Brains" · "Homes and Promises" · "Pits and Ladders" · "Two Hands" · "The Meeting House" · "Warm Assurances" · "Fire and Blood" · "The Importance of Names" · "A Chaotic Cataloging" · "Rosemerrow, Oh My Rosemerrow" · "What Do You Want Here?" · "Settle Your Matters" · "Is There Anyone Else?" · "Undelivered Resignations" · "Try to Live Normally" · "Make The Spring Last Forever" · "Pulling You Further Down" · "The Shield of Our Will" · "A Holy Place" · "Make the Library Smile" · "An Open Mind" · "Twenty Two Brown Birds" · "A Shattering Note" · "A Good Metaphor" · "What Life Looks Like" · "Slow Justice"

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