Well, I still feel bad... but I'll try not to bring it up.
"I didn't have very good vission in the firsst place." They pat his head. "Itss fine, you don't have to worry about me and my /tragic/ backsstory." They snort.
That's gotta suck... *fidgeting his fingers because he's not good with comforting people*
"Yeah, bassically." They cover it back up. "It'ss not able to be removed either... Trusst me, I've tried."
Oh I see. So they're after you because you have that artifact in you?
"And artifactss are property. I wass no longer jusst me, I was property to them. I left becausse I didn't want that."
"A misstake wass made." They sign and undo their eyepatch, in their eye socket there was no longer an eye. There was a pale, firey orb full of stars. "I'm no longer technically just a reptilinoid... an artifact ressides in me."
What made you want to leave?
"The Collectorss. But itss whatever, you aren't in the wrong."
T-they who? *slightly nervous now*