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He was an outsider too, trying to buy their acceptance at my expense. I could see what he was doing, and why, but I couldn't make him stop.
Jame, Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry, "Bones"

Scramp is an apprentice in the Thieves' Guild of Tai-tastigon under Master Galishan. He is a poor kid from the Lower Town and has a major chip on his shoulder about it, always feeling he has something to prove. He is roommates with Raffing.[1]

He always felt like an outsider in he guild, and often clowned for others' approval, like by dancing on tables at The Moon,[2] and by baiting Jame, the only apprentice more an outsider than him,[3] like when he dared her to steal the Cloud King's britches on the first night in the guild.

On the night of the Feast of Fools, he goaded Jame into declaring that she would steal the Peacock Gloves. After she did, he declared that he didn't believe her,[4] and — as a Kencyr — she had to defend her honor by fighting him. She used her non-dominant hand, to try to make it more fair. Later that night, his master, Master Galishan, disowned him for the incident. That night, Scamp committed suicide.[5] This was foreshadowed; early that night, when Jame was telling Dally about how Kencyr can detach their soul which makes them hard to kill, Scramp remarked that sometimes death is easier than running away.[6]

This episode stayed with Jame for a long time, and she felt guilt about it.

ReferencesEdit

  1. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools" — "Raffing called them over to a side table where he and several other of Master Galishan's pupils, including his roommate Scramp"
  2. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 4: The Heart of the Maze" — "At that moment, a wizened monkey of a boy scrambled up onto the tabletop, upsetting tankards right and left, and rose unsteadily to his feet. Those whose ale hadn't been spilt raised a derisive cheer and some began to clap. 'No, no, no!' the boy screeched, waving his hands. 'No dancing tonight,' "
  3. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools" — "Jame regarded the little Townie thoughtfully. She was fairly certain that he had been trying to gain acceptance among the others all these weeks by baiting her—the only one more an outsider than himself—so she had tried to be patient. […] 'Who are you anyway? The penny pickpocket. The rotten fruit thief.' "
  4. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools" — "Scramp, whose miserable silence seemed louder to her than all the commotion that surrounded them both. Silently, she willed him to be sensible, to realize that for the first time in months nobody was goading him on, but she was the only one not caught by surprise when he suddenly pushed back his tankard, stood up, and, in a shrill voice, said, 'I don't believe it.' "
  5. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools" — " 'Master Galishan came in, white as a priest's linens. Of course, he heard all about you, Scramp, and the gloves almost before he was over the threshold. […] He hauled Scramp out of the corner, tore into him like a mastiff after a rabbit, and ended up by disowning him altogether. […] He came back to our room before me and—well—he hanged himself.' "
  6. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools" — " 'We like to keep death as an option.' 'Sometimes it's easier than running away,' said Scramp."

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