Although we knew Gravedust’s purpose in going to Gastonia, I don’t think we had worked out the circumstances of his departure from his tribe. Parts of this read as if he had prepared specifically for this journey (“it was wise to spend a portion of my savings on a good pair of sandals”). But it is possible to interpret this in a way that lines up with what we later decided: that Gravedust went on walkabout the same time as the other mystics did, under some pressure to leave before Iver turned his people against mystics altogether.

He evaded the assassins who came after his fellow mystics because unlike his fellows, he settled on a destination more concrete than mere enlightenment. When you’re hunting multiple targets and expecting them all to take wandering paths, the one who goes in a straight line can get away without ever realizing you’re there.

In any case, his attitude here seems pretty close to Byron’s, except for the world-weary cynicism: “another day, same old same old. Eh, it’s a living.”