- "Despite her mother's warning, and the calls of her friends, Romily left the safe company of her friends and walked into the perils of the forest. She thought they would admire her independence, and respect her brave willingness to break ranks with the others. But she did not walk alone. The six-legged demon that had waited patiently beneath her house since birth followed her, unseen, and joined the rest of his kind who rose from the depths to embrace her."
- —Ancient Tyran fairy tale, on the popular and improving theme of monsters lying in wait for disobedient children
Romily was a fictional character in an old but popular Tyran legend. She was a disobedient child that prided herself on her independence. Hoping that she would be admired for her bravery, instead was taken to the Hollows. Jace repeats a different version of the story of a boogeyman that steals children at night.