leaves the house of Hobb and enters the sign of The
Mouse Although the time of The Mouse endures for only
eight days it is an extremely ill omen to bear offspring
in this period which is not governed by any of the
Raith Sidhe and brings nothing but shame upon those
many base, scornful titles; "Runt time", "Sickweed",
"Milkmites", "Gnatbrat" and "Shrimpspawner" to name
but few, a ratling born now is seen to be weak and
cowardly, never rises in the ranks and is always spat
such reproach for her child, a ratwife will induce
labour before "The Claw" sign is ended or strive to
hold onto the unborn child until The Mouse is over.
Yet many have also murdered their "Sickweed" young
or left them exposed for the crows to peck, rather
than endure the stigma of being a "Milkmite" mother.
of the disgrace that this time bestows, there are
no infamous rats recorded here although it was always
rumoured in the City that Barker was a "Gnatbrat".
This was later proven to be very far from the truth.