Jul 12, 2019
As the shell-sky ruptures under impossible heat and pressure,
the citizens of the Last University face grim prospects. Beings of
empty light tread over the familiar until it is unsafe, recasting
the world around them in macro and micro, both. And above, a lord
looms. Do they have any hope? Does anyone fight for them, still?
This week on Spring in Hieron: Terrible and Necessary
After too many years of loneliness and solitude, I believe even
now that I was blessed by accord with two who moved in kindred
ways. The paladin felt His warmth, even from the blade, and worked
drunk in his faith as I once did. And in that we knew one another,
though he knew (and knows still) so little. I was likely a fool for
dreaming a solution through his hands. (Yet I am a dreamer,
The other knew me in a way only one so devoted to knowledge
could. The old stories always missed this about me: I found myself
alone in study as often, if not more, than among the carousing
congregation. And so in the Wizard Fantasmo, I found someone who
understood me. So fixed our bond, that I found the elf slipping
into memories deeper and older than he could possibly be
His brilliance made me wonder what might be, again. Old,
smashed possibilities picked up like a shattered vase, laid out on
cloth, the pieces all there, repair suddenly a possibility. And so
I thought: Perhaps Fantasmo could do what I could do not. Perhaps
he could retrieve my love from the Blade in the Dark. With the
right forge, the right attendants, the right components… I still
believe it, in truth. I know he could have. I know he could have
brought me, brought us, Samothes again.
But these are shadowed times, and in the unjust dark, the
brilliant lights are the first to be snuffed out.
An excerpt from the journals of Samot, the Unbroken Lord in
Exile and Repose
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