ballum

“Later, I will give you something that explains the Masked Ones a little,” said Steven, pushing a steaming cup into his hands.

what was steven going to give lief?????i mean obviously he is going to tell him the story of ballum and elstred, but he was not going to tell him something, he was going to show him something. what item that is in Steven’s wagon at this very moment could be used to explain the story? 

and in sister of the south he just ‘tells’ doom, he doesn’t show him anything

was this a dropped plot point? am i overthinking this? why has this been driving me insane for thirteen years?