As Mara takes her first steps, he appears in front of her. A pale solemn young man in a black coat with small silver skulls for buttons. The Messenger of Fear. He answers a question she never asked: Am I dead? No. Not dead. But surely not quite alive either.
If you have been bad and yet escaped punishment, the messenger of Fear may come to you. He will offer you a game. Should you win the game, you will walk away, free. Should you lose the game, you may read more