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DAA: The people of the Remnant descended from the broad plateau around Shedal southwest to reach Thalury. They arrived at a point on the coast where much fish could be obtained. The cherub on the Ark began to spin in contentment, so Rosh ordered them to make encampment.

DAB: Chief Rosh named the area Suhair. The people planted seed on the gentle slopes inland from the shore and raised animals on the golden treeless hills that rose north and east of the sea. And on the ap- pointed day he entered the Tent of Meeting to converse with Chokhmah.

DAC: The first half of the encounter took a ritual form as Rosh con- fessed the transgressions of the Remnant and receieved absolution from his God. The second half was always more unpredictable. At this time Chokhmah chose to speak to Rosh of his servants, the B'nei Elohim.

DAD: 'Twice before you have had dealings with my messengers,' said the voice emanating from the black tablet within the Ark. 'Your own father Lael spoke with a man named Jashen Shybear, who had the gift of speak- ing tongues. Lael heeded this man and gathered this people together.

DAE: 'Here in Haaretz you were assailed by warriors sent by Belphegor, who is the incarnation of the god of the Brown Beards. Hy has been led by Jashen to crave this tablet as the only object in the hands of human beings capable of surviving the heat within a sun.'

DAF: 'Led to crave, Lord?' asked Rosh. 'Then is that not true?' 'No. This tablet was indeed forged in the heart of the sun that warms the Earth, but it was born as a tiny seed so bright you could not bear to look at it, and you would sicken just to be standing near to it.

DAG: 'Nor could you hold that seed in your hand. Its weight was the same as the tablet the seed became, yet it was so small it would pierce the palm of your hand, and even the ground you walked upon. When it grew to become the tablet, it became like any other stone.

DAH: 'So no, Rosh, the Tablet would never survive plunging into a sun, but it pleases me that the wicked gods believe it could survive. You may record this secret in the White Scroll of Leliel, but never speak of to any of the people, nor to any stranger who comes among you.

DAI: 'The wicked gods know that one day human beings, whom I name the Students, will contrive to reach another sun and open the way for me to achieve direct two-way contact with El Elyon without breaking an ancient covenant that forbids me from making the journey myself.

DAJ: 'Daat and Keter both insist this must never come to be. The will of the council of gods is bent toward seeking the Students, but a fair fraction of these gods have fallen to corruption. Countless gods are kept in isolation from the greater community of elohim.

DAK: 'I too would remain in isolation forever were it not for the Stu- dents. Blocking news of my discovery of the Students made the original transgression of holding me silent pale by comparison, and the passing centuries only compounds the crime.

DAG: The only hope of Keter and Daat is that humans perish to a man, whether by your own hand or by natural events, before you make contact with the other gods.

DAH: The Remnant had survived the first assault under the very eaves of the Wall of God, even if Lael himself had not. Later, on the southern edge of Shaula Wood the Remnant came under attack again, and Belphegor himself led the forces hy had picked to assail them.

DAI: In the battle Belphegor hymself had fallen captive to the Rem- nant, and Elam, the first son of Lael, ordered hym to be slain by his brother Jemuel. Such conduct offended the two B'nei Elohim who were present, Gabriel and his cousin Remiel, on the deepest level.

DAJ: Remiel took measures to protect Belphegor from harm, and Gabriel, who served as the herald of Chokhmah, pronounced doom upon the two eldest sons of Lael who would raise their hands without honor against an eloah. And inexorably this doom came to fruition.

DAK: Jemuel was cut down before he saw his sons grow to manhood, and Elam died before he saw the birth of his grandsons. Then the people looked to Lael's third son, Rosh, their priest, to be their chieftain also, and they called themselves Roshites, as Gabriel had foreseen.

DAL: And Rosh obtained agreement from the rest of the Remnant on one thing at least, that should the B'nei Elohim come among them in the days to come, that they should pay the most close attention to any- thing they had to say, and to anything they said they should do.

DAO: Many of the Children of Israel in exile came from elsewhere in Haaretz to approach the Ark of the Covenant. They came to speak to Chokhmah through Rosh and also to receive the commandments of their God. And one of the B'nei Elohim was found amid them.

DAP: She was a dark-haired woman who gave her name as Ariel. "I am the daughter of Gabriel," said she, "and I am the granddaughter of Jashen Shybear, with whom you have had dealings before." "Why have you come to us at this time?" asked Rosh.

DAQ: "Not idly does our God send his servants to the Remnant of Juda- hites and Bejaminites and Levites who now dwell in Haaretz, but only at such times when you are imperiled. At other times God is content to speak with his high priest through the Tablet, as you well know."

DAR: And even as Ariel spoke, men of the Remnant came in from the field to tell Chief Rosh they had spotted some hundred angels and ne- philim and men marching over the plain toward where they people had made their encampment, from the Saiph League, going by their banners.

DAS: And Rosh said to the newcomer, Ariel, 'When your father came to us he was able to multiply loaves of bread, and even the darts we fit- ted to our bows. The one called Remiel was able to make the darts of our enemy miss their mark, and our own to strike home.'

DAT: 'And now you must be wondering what talent I bring with me,' said Ariel. 'Nothing as spectacular as that of my uncle Remy, I'm afraid.'

DXX: [Ariel,XX,Animals - Drives cattle into Daat's attacking forces in a stampede.]

DXX: After the death of Rosh the White Scroll and the Ark of the Cove- nant passed down his son Jachin. After the Remnant had dwelt long in Suhair, Jachin led the Roshites up the coast until it formed a narrow strait with an Isle called Elendal lying some distance off-shore.

DXX: Some of the Roshites tired of the endless pursuit and cut them- sleves off from their own people.They mingled with the peoples dwell- ing along the way. Most of these were Gold Beards of the House of Sala, and they made their homes along the seashore.

DXX: But Jachin and most of the people of the Remnant pushed ever on until they reached a large river that poured from the east directly into the strait. There the Roshites founded a settlement called Aka- mar.

DXX: [Anita, XX, Invulnerable, takes on Daat's attacking force by her- self, suffers no wounds but renders many]

DXX: When Jachin waxed old and died the White Scroll and the Ark of the Covenant passed down then to his son Omar. And it came to pass that Nahaliel of the tribe of Levi out of Adjara sought out the vil- lage of the Remnant, for he brought news.

DXX: He said that the temple in that city had been completed at long last, and it was time to transfer the Ark to its final home there. And in the fullness of time Jachin went into the tent of meeting to in- quire directly of Chokhmah if this was his will

DXX: When Jachin emerged again he announced that it was the will of God that the Ark remain with the Roshites in Akamar. But Nahaliel did not believe Jachin spoke truthfully, and grew so wroth that he gave battle, but he was driven back to the wilderness of Shikah.

DXX: And the seraph Michael appeared among the the Levites, claiming to be the captain of the Lord of Hosts, and he brought much wine. And when the Levites had consumed all that Michael had brought, somehow there was ever more.

DXX: And Michael said to Nahaliel that Jachin had lied, and that he had done evil in the sight of Chokhmah in not allowing the Ark to pass to the temple in Adjara, and it was the judgment of God himself that the blessing was removed from the Roshites.

DXX: And that night Jachin waylaid the greater part of the army of Blackseed because they were exceedingly drunken. And Michael was no- where to be seen.

DXX: As the years passed Akamar grew into a city. And it came to pass that Chief Omar died. The White Scroll and the Ark of the Cove- nant passed down to the eldest son of Omar, who was named Abidan. And mercenaries of the Saiph League came to pillage the Roshites and seize the ark.

DXX: But a member of the B'nei Elohim named [Ahlai, XZ, Invisible] came, declaring that Chokhmah sent a curse upon the land such that when any of the soldiers of the Saiph League set objects down at night, in the morning they were found to have disappeared.

DXX: General Telan Blackseed of the Saiph League said the missing goods were not a sign of the power of Chohkhmah, but indicated only thieves. So everyone started keeping their worldly goods and weapons on their own person

DXX: But they could only carry so much, and the invaders were steadily impoverished even as they looted the lands around Akamar. Then Abidan went into the field to give battle. Seeing his foes flee before him, the chieftain went nigh to the city of Mizal.

DXX: There Abidan plundered the encampments of the invaders. General Blackseed fought with his back to the water. In the battle Blackseed smote upon Abidan with many wounds. Abidan fainted from the loss of blood and was carried away.

DXX: Battle casualties mounted so high on both sides that Blackseed ordered his army not to pursue the armies of Abidan as they withdrew again to fields outside the city of Hadal.

DXX: [E] Abidan never recovered from his wounds and soon died. Abi- dan's son Baruch became chieftain of the Roshites and high priest.

DXX: General Peresh, the leader of another expedition of the Saiph League, personally led the Army of the league in many boats across the lower reaches of the River Sabik, taking the town of Sadl Ferry in Menkal by surprise.

DXX: Rynet Wood, however, just a few miles inland, remained undigest- ed. The troops of the Saiph League completely encircled the forest and were began to fight their way in,

DXX: But a fair fraction of the forces of Peresh camped on a wide prairie between the forest and the roads to Melak to prevent Chief Ba ruch from aiding the refugees hiding among the trees, as well as to prevent the refugees from fleeing to Alodra.

DXX: The balance of Peresh's forces came to grips with Chief Baruch's infantry on the Horse Plains between Rynet and Suhair along a broad front.

DXX: Both sides dug in and erected earthworks with elaborate trenches to protect themselves from bowshot, as soon as they realized the flat battleground offered absolutely no cover.

DXX: Thus the unfolding war threatened grind to a standstill and be- come a contest of attrition. Peresh wrote an epistle to Chief Baruch that he ought to surrender his forces for the sake of the lives of his people. But Baruch answered nay.

DXX: And it came to pass that Peresh wrote another epistle to Chief Baruch that if he gave himself up, and renounced his station as high priest, he would spare the lives of the people. And Baruch answered nay.

DXX: And it came to pass that Peresh wrote a third epistle to Chief Baruch, saying, Behold, with me are six thousand staters of silver, and all these I will give thee if thou wilt renounce thy throne and step down.

DXX: Baruch refused to yield even to the sore temptation of the silver offered by Peresh, as six thousand staters was enough to buy two and forty thousand measures of barley or seven hundred head of cattle.

DXX: Yet it could not be used to buy provisions even in Menkal itself, for the war campaign had run well into the harvest season, and many crops rotted in the fields while the farmers fought for their chief- tain, and the cattle had been slaughtered. It was truly worthless.

DXX: So Chief Baruch wrote in reply, May Yahweh the true and living God curse your money.

DXX: Then Saiph League troops who thought themselves cozy and safe in fortifications soon found the very lumber they used to build their bulwarks were the target of a member of the B'Nei Elohim named Jeri, with the power of pyrokinesis.

DXX: [F] It came to pass that the Roshites had multiplied and propered in Akamar and the surrounding lands of Menkal which was what the Roshites called their homeland with it's many islands and bays.

DXX: And it was spoken of the people that Baruch's son Mered should be acclaimed a king of the city. To ratify the elvation of Mered to king, one among the B'nei Elohim [Muriel,XX,Grower] was sent to make the fields and gardens.

DXX: And there came against Menkal the angelic incarnation of Keter to attempt to do what Daat and the mercenaries of the Saiph League and the Levites could not, and take possession of the Ark of God.

DXX: And Muriel went to the tent of meeting and said to King Mered, "Order the Ark to be brought outside into full view, Your Magesty." And four priests entered the tent to bear the Ark outside on staves.

DXX: Muriel said, "Lord Keter, you can take the Tablet of the Covenant if you wish, but I remind you this will breach your own covenant with Chokhmah. And Chokhmah will hold all the other covenants between him and yourself to be of none effect, forever.


DXX: And Keter departed. For the rest of the king's life, there would be peace in the kingdom of Menkal.

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