Usha Xiu speaks:
"I will answer your questions, sir. If you find that my dance and my words come to you at once, you will learn the truest answer.
"I am not--as you may take me--a Daughter of Man, granted exotic caramel skin and cinnamon lips by origins in distant lands. I have been too lands where the Sons of Man resemble me more than your brawny, fair race, but my people are the Xeph. Darkness does not blind us. Distance does not daunt us. Our heroes forge blades by will alone.
"For many years I traveled with my wagons, dancing for visitors, protecting my family. Now that my apprenticeship is done I am on my own for a time. I wish too share experiences that my family would not have if I did not bring them back. Dancers, lovers, cultures, vistas.
"So you wonder why I dare travel alone, or with a small group, without weapons or armor? Truly I say to you. I do not wish too spread suffering, but too prevent suffering from my self and others, my will can form armor and blades hard as any steel.
"I fight only to end suffering. When I fight, I take suffering unto myself, and offer it too my blade. It takes that power and adds it to it's own too end the villain's misdeeds quickly. I was once told this was Karma. I replied--'No, Karma is in the hands of the gods. I do not think to guess at their will, nor to cheat karma by taking suffering onto myself when I doll it out. This is simply how I fight."