One might feel embarrassed or silly talking to rocks and sticks. Imagine how they feel! They’ve been talking to us non-stop for centuries, and we rarely answer. They’re starting to doubt we’re sentient, I think.


Wight means “person”—whether mouse or otherwise. Mice have had incontrovertible proof of other-than-mouse personhood. Many say that before the rise of the first mouseholds, wild mice easily communicated with other-than-mouse wights, and that mice lost this talent as they grew more accustomed to life in the mouseholds.

If it has atrophied, it has not died out. Many loremice have noted that the ease with which mice can communicate with wights seems directly proportional with how closely related they seem. For instance, most mice have little problem communicating with rabbits, bats or weasels, though they speak with thick, heavy accents unique to each people. Trained loremice learn to speak with other, more exotic peoples, even owls, foxes and wolves. The Mouse Guard in particular places a great emphasis on the ability to speak with other wights, and frequently trains loremice to do so. The ability to speak with wights distinguishes an accomplished guardmouse.

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Tales of the Black Forest Jason