I was given a second chance. My family was taken from me and then coming here to Tarren Hill I’ve been charged with raising this young girl, Pip Dendrar. At first that prospect scared the crap out of me. What if it happened again and everything was taken from me? I had to fight down those feelings and push past them so I’d be able to properly raise her and hopefully get past the trauma she herself has suffered at the hands of this cruel and yet beautiful world. When I started teaching her I was under the impression I’d be the one giving out all the lessons, but over time I’ve ended up learning as much from her. Every now and then I still wonder if this is the best life for her. The most constant people in her life are frankly religious zealots, one who’s fallen and was forgiven, reborn. The other who is almost always feared and mistrusted, which has to lead, if just a little, to resenting all those “civilized” people around him. Her natural disposition has led me to take the tools of my old life and pass those down to her, but I’m hoping I’m passing on the wisdom from my new life to temper the great pain and havoc that can arise from those same skills. She has taken to all the skills of a diplomat and spy as a fish to water. The wisdom I try to impart is a little harder for her to grasp. Why, when she herself has been treated so cruelly should she show compassion and restraint to others. Why should humans and other high sentient beings be shown more consideration than the lesser creatures of the world like her beloved goblin? I think It’s finally getting through to her on some level, but I fear the true turning point will come to her at great cost, possibly another tragic event that will alter her life. I’ve shown her good ways of using the teachings I handed down to her and pushed for her to follow a good path, if not a righteous one. I have a feeling when it comes down to the teachings of the Gods, that I hold so dear, she may be hopelessly lost. I teach her to love and honor the living above all. To be a light not only to banish the darkness, but for others to follow. That those who have passed are beyond our help and are in the hands of the Gods. Whereas Pious teaches her to honor and care for the dead and who knows what else. I hope she will take the best from both worlds. The town is booming with the mine open and producing again. It has been a good place to raise her with new people coming in all the time and generally happy populace. I’ve converted one of the bandit’s old homes into a temple of Leoh and have been spreading his word throughout this new community. To see Pip help with the conversion of the old building, then attend the to the people of the town on every day of mass. It did take some convincing to keep her from riffling through the collections and other peoples belongings. Finally, we come to a compromise of sorts. I’ve had to turn a blind eye to her taking from some of the wealthier but more miserly of the devout. She absolutely refused to leave all of their belongs alone, saying they don’t need them and they can go to a better cause. For the most part I secretly agree with her, but can’t openly say so. Maybe I taught her too well or maybe she knows me too well? It also brings me great joy seeing her give it back to the people who need it most. She has earned the respect and the love of many here. We have everything we need due to our share of the money from the mine, so all of the excess funds have gone into making Taren Hill a better and safer place to live. I have a feeling through that our peaceful and quiet life is about to end. There is a change coming, a shift in the wind. Mayhap Leoh is telling me its time to prepare for another adventure. I’ve done my best to teach her how to survive in this world, even hiring an arms trainer, and I’ll protect her to the end, but her strong spirit won’t let her be left behind where it’s safe. To my everlasting dismay.
While I’ve been teaching her how to act properly among the town people, in the court and before the king himself, she has taught me how to hope again – for even though I’d found a new path and have been reborn to walk in Leoh’s footsteps, as a beloved son, I’d done so through zealous drive. Now i do so through love and looking forward to the future. While I’ve encouraged her to make new friends, she has pushed me to make more meaningful connections with those around me. I think she might even be trying to encourage me to spend more time with Linene Greywind. While I’ve taught her to protect those who need to be protected, when extreme force is need and when it has not. She has shown me why we must be the light to guide others. While I’ve taught her to be kind and generous to those who have earned her trust. She has taught me how to love again. In my daughter’s eyes, I am a hero. I am strong and wise. I know no fear but the truth is plain to see: she was sent to rescue me.