When Benda and Tob Gobble sat down in the grove so that Tob could tell his tale, Tob began by saying:

“To understand my story, you must first know the story of my people…”

Benda groaned inwardly, but did not let his knew friend know that he was tired of tales, and just wanted to finally be back home with his family. He put on a smile anyway, and Tob began.

[Editor’s note: the images which follow are copied from the ‘Codex Vegetalis,’ which is a book some scholars include in the Canticle of Barbaro (this designation is not universally agreed upon, it should be noted), and the only surviving copy of which resides in the archives of the Pantarctican Imperial Library. Re-used here with permission.]