"Have the injuries you received in your fall affected your memory, Lady? Everyone has heard of the dark forest. Mothers get their ch1ldren to behave by threatening that, if they don't, a bogeyman from the dark forest will come after them."
Shairon recalled that she never had come clean to Roijita about her lack of knowledge of this world.  Perhaps now it was time to do so, especially as the Wanderer had rather let the cat out of the bag about her off-world origin.
"You heard my conversation with the Wanderer, about how I had only recently come into this world?"
"Yes, but I did not understand it. How is that possible? You are not a baby but full grown."
"I don't know how it's possible, Roijita, but it happened. I suddenly found myself here, alone and confused. I come from a world very different from this one in many respects. There are no Deymoneyos there for one thing, and I was a human being like yourself. I arrived here with no knowledge of this world, and was shocked to find myself with wings, talons, horns and a tail. That was only a matter of hours before I met you. I'm sorry for not telling you this earlier, but I didn't want to risk alienating you."
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