Yes. They are kept closely contained.”

So you’re worried that they’ll force me to communicate what I know if I happen to go near their base?”

You will not accidentally happen upon the Authorities.”

How do you know that?”

If you do not become citizens of Demkoi, you will not linger in our world.”

Synjan’s eyes widened in disbelief. “You’re kidding!”

Phoak appeared genuinely disturbed by her accusation of jest. “No, Mistress, I speak the truth.”

You’re telling me I won’t be allowed to explore your world, though? Unless I choose to live here permanently?”

That is our policy, yes. Wanderers that plan to continue beyond our world are assisted through it as swiftly as possible, to protect them from Authority Hunters and our world from revealing anything untoward.”

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