"Bronze riders aren't usually so fanciful, are they?"
"What have you heard this time?"
"Wrath's rider, the flamemage, claims he saw Thread!"
"Thread? Ha! Everyone knows that's over."
"What about the Red Star?"
"What about it?"
"Well, the Finger pointed to an Eye blood-red at the solstice. That usually means we're about to enter a Pass. And the queens are clutching more and more eggs lately."
"Shards! You don't think we're actually going to go through fifty years of Thread, do you?"
"It's hard to tell. Bronze riders are usually decent folk, so I'd hope he'd tell the truth."