Swamped Chapter 128 Page 11

“They’re egg thieves,” she says. “They like to spray nesting beasts, then snatch some eggs while the beast rampages. Then they stash the eggs in a warm place, and eat them when they’re closer to hatching.”

“Okay, is that why there’s so many muckbeasts here? Something to do with her grabbing their eggs?”

“Possibly, but that’s not what I’m getting at. There’s a particular egg that’s gone missing. I’m here to retrieve it. It’s a swamp beast egg, which is a good deal larger than a muckbeast’s. And it’s a bright green.”

Your thoughts immediately turn to Emerald, Rider’s longtime companion. Could that be…

Well. Whether it is or not, you’d have a hard time facing Rider again if you let anything happen to it.

“I’ll see what I can do,” you agree. Then you hand her your mask. “Here – this is mine, so the others should recognize it. If they ask you about it, say you got it from Crow. I should be able to use yours.”

“Really think it’ll go smoother if I’m there,” Mortimer grumbles.

“And I think it’ll go smoother if you’re in a safe place,” you reply. “Come on.”

“Wait.” This time it’s Mantis interrupting. “Allow me to give you something first. I believe Nual wishes you to have it.”

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