In its early years, Vesper, a bustling port and mercantile city, had a steady trade in walrus. The walrus gave food, pelts, and ivory to Vesper. Walrus oil kept its lanterns burning through the cold, dark nights of winter. At this, the darkest time of the year, the people of Vesper give thanks for the creature that sustained their ancestors. Last year, walruses, and their allies, flying pigs, sought vengeance for the slaughter of their ancestors. They were utterly routed. Their leaders, Bucky and Splat fled, with this vow: _____ Today, you find a festive holiday card in your mailbox.