After having left behind a handful of Oathtakers in the event that more orphaned children showed up at Vida and Clarimonde’s home in Ethanward, the traveling entourage of Oathtakers and Select finally arrived in Shimeron. Bernard, a longtime doorman at the palace, and the only person who’d resided there for some years, was delighted with their arrival.
It was fortunate that Basha and Therese had visited the palace fairly recently and that they’d cleaned much of it, preparing for the day the twins might eventually move there. Even so, it took days to unpack and to rearrange things so as to accommodate some of the former compound residents.
In the end, they found room in the palace for all of the members of the Select who had made the trip, and their Oathtakers, as well as for Vida, Clarimonde, and their children. With the exception of some household staff, the remaining people who’d traveled with them to Shimeron—for the most part, Oathtakers without living charges—set up camp on the palace grounds. There they’d remain until they could construct more buildings, or make other plans.
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