"Nihere, one has awoken. Please come here." The nurse had returned, and Nihere went with her to see one of the four Branded. They were all in the same room, but on different beds. The one that was awake was a very muscular man, with a brand on his neck, similar to a spider web. He was sitting upright on the bed, legs off on one side. Nihere estimated his height to be close to two meters tall, and quite intimidating. His hair was brown and short, almost shaved. The man looked up to Nihere. His green eyes showed confusion and pain.
"Hello. My name is Nihere. And yours?" He held out his hand to the stranger.
"Im... Dein." The man returned Nihere's handshake. "Where am i? Whats going on?"
"Please, calm down. Panicking solves nothing." Nihere sat on the bed next to him."This place is called the Wrinkle. You are what we call around here a 'Branded'. You have a small, black, Brand on you, and you came up from the central well in this town. Branded normally come from the well every now and then, but what was strange, is that this time, four of you came at once." Nihere referenced the other three, still unconscious. "Most Branded remember something, a small sliver of heir past life. Sometimes the memories are vivid, and others have little to no memories. Do you remember anything?"
"I.... It.... " Dein shivered, before pulling his legs up to his chest and wrapping his arms around them. "A pair of white eyes... boring into me..." His voice was shaking, and Nihere could tell that this memory frightened him. He placed an arm across his back, but Dein shrugged it off. "Is there anywhere other than the Wrinkle?"
"Most Branded do try and leave the Wrinkle, to go back to where we may have come from. The only place we know of other than here is the Conglomerate, a great deal below us."
"I- I need to go there! I have to leave this place!" Dein now seemed almost claustrophobic- as if he couldnt bear to be in the Wrinkle a second longer than he has to be.
"Hold on, please." Nihere placed a hand on his arm. "The Conglomerate isnt exactly safe. If you really must leave, at least wait a few days, to collect some gear and weapons before going- its quite dangerous down there."
"NO! I... I have to get there!" Something almost primal was manifesting in Dein.
"I wont stop you, but i'll ask you- please take your time. Really think about it before you go. Get to know the Wrinkle, its actually not a very bad place." Nihere smiled and stood up. He tapped Dein's shoulder once more before going back to the other room.
"Wait..." Dein called. Nihere turned around. "What... What is my Brand? Where is it?"
"...Its a spider's web, on your neck. Ask the nurse for a mirror when she comes around."