We found the supplier of Defiant Elk’s books! Willem is a factor (a type of agent with a lot of autonomous authority) for his yet-to-be-introduced employer. Follow the money; even on the frontier. The relationship of the Dutch… I mean Kleefish… and the natives was grounded in trade. Willem and Elk’s relationship is based on this reality.
Willem is Aphrike-Kleefish and comes from the Kleefish colonies in Antillia, which are sometimes called the Isles of Dread because of the horrific cruelty of the plantations, the wood-eating water worms, the heat, the storms, the insects, and the prevalence of malignant disease spirits that lurk there. That Willem is a factor in Zollhaven means he’s a long way from where he started.
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