Dartmoor, England, 3 Months Earlier
The odor of waterlogged peat filled the air. Lucius Sofistere drew his coat tight, his eyes roving the mist-enshrouded worksite as the geologists labored to extract a tarnished silver container buried deep beneath the fen.
The moors were different at night. The silence, unnerving during the day, became deafening after sunset. Tendrils of fog caught the moonlight, turning the moorland into an eerie, dreamlike tableau of hidden menaces and imagined dangers. The fog didn’t hide him, Lucius realized – it hid the moors.
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