Whether fate is a truth or a belief, I can not tell you. Nor can I tell of why it chooses to stray from the course that we have set out for ourselves. I can not even explain the manner in which it chooses to favour some over others.
Yet the intention of this tale is not to bore you with such speculations. How you choose to interpret this account is a choice I will allow you to make. That is where I shall start this relay of events, with a choice.