It was not uncommon to see slaves being forcibly marched across the streets in broad daylight, especially in many frontier settlements where established authority was either indifferent at best or supportive at worst. Many would routinely pass by them without batting an eye, having grown accustomed to witnessing the frequent brutality the slavers dispensed upon their properties. Others would only watch in silence, unable or unwilling to intervene in order to protect their already-shaky livelihoods.
It was a particularly difficult sight for Mahin, having experienced such cruelty first-hand. He would often be reminded of a promise he once made to Prince Satoa when they were young, pledging with teeming confidence that he would do everything he can in order to protect others and uphold justice. Mahin recalled Satoa distinctively hesitating before making a smile and assuring the prince's faith in his friend.
Mahin could only walk away, cursing himself for taking this long to realize just how little he knew about those who were once closest to him.
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