I asked them to give up the world of their birth, to travel with me to a brand new world with me. They wanted to please me, but were reluctant to leave. They did not understand why they must, but to tell them would have shattered their innocence and trust in me. The only way I could convince them was to withdraw from them for a while, to deprive them of my presence. It was a cruel tactic - one that I regret even now - but it was a necessity. When I returned, their sickness had made them so desperate to be near me that they forgot all about their concerns of abandoning Tarddiad and agreed to come with me. It's for the best, I keep telling myself. I know what is best for them.