"There's not much to tell, really. About the time I was eight, it seems my parents grew tired of me and, when swept up by the surf one day, did nothing to save my life. Were I not found by my teacher, I likely would have either drowned, or been eaten by…" I'll shoot a small glance at Mera. "…a shark."
I'll shake my head.
"But, found I was. My teacher raised me for the next twenty years, taught me everything I knew."
I'll give a small laugh.
"Seems she forgot to mention miss Mera, or the finer points of the trap layout. If she even knew, of course."
I'll sigh a little.
"For the last ten years before you and your ships arrived, and even a decade before that, I'd been fighting that hydra down in the shrine. Most days it would chase me off before I could hurt it, though some days I at least made a dent before I was forced to retreat to the surface. All to see if the legend about the Lunar Shrine was true."
Resting my head on the railing, I'll continue.
"Which, of course, it was, as miss Seas demonstrated. Seems that male followers of Luna are less capable of speaking with her, as throughout my entire life, I'd not heard a peep from her. So, I had to have faith… and wait."
I'll close my eyes for a moment.
"The last ten years… were not good, I suppose. I lived, certainly, but… it was rather lonesome. I didn't feel I was ready to teach another to follow me, as my teacher had done, until I had found the library."