As Scarlet stands speechless, her face growing even paler in the perpetual twilight of the First World, Faisal hastily continues.
“Please understand, I only wish to properly express an apology for my behavior and offer some insight into the underlying motivation. It is not my intention to discomfit you, or place any burden of response. I have no expectation of reciprocation, especially given my current form.
“Once we return to Tuskany, I intend to secure Lulu’s release from this union, and ensure that our people are safe and prosperous. Then I plan to continue service to The Eternal Light in hopes that someday I may redeem myself and be allowed to return to my true form. Perhaps that service will return me to Qadira, rooting out the corruption that has entrenched itself in the Brethren. Or perhaps it will take me to other lands to seek out hatred and injustice.
“Thank you for allowing me to confide my thoughts to you, Scarlet. I feel a true peace that has eluded me for many years.”
The kobold steps back and holds a deep bow, his saggital crest almost touching the fresh earth at his feet.
‘Assalamu aleikom wa rahmatoh Sarenrae wa barakatoh, habiba’