My name is Anniol.  I was born in an out-of-the-way valley in the mountains, but I always knew I was better than that.  From my earliest memories, as I went about my duties fetching water and tending the animals, I dreamt about tales of the world and its great cities.  I was determined one day to be a great woman, rich and powerful, feared and obeyed by all. 

Only one other person in the valley understood me; but, when he and I left the valley together, we were betrayed and enslaved.  We tried to stay together, but I was sold to a sorcerer, who used me in his foul conjurations of demons.

I’ve survived, though, and I’m stronger for what I’ve endured.  I’ll be great yet; all the world will know of me.  You’ll see.