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* CAA: In the wake of Queen Lilith's parley with Samael the status of the Fallen Angels was left dangling. They could not return east of the frontier, nor would the Cherub Metatron receive them before speaking to Lilith hymself. They made their encampment on fallow land and waited.
 
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* CAB: They lived on what supplies they had filched from Samael's ice cache, but these were finite, and as the days of waiting became weeks, they plowed up the land around their encampment and prepared to gamble the last of their grain as seed for more food.  No word came to them.
 
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* CAC: Lilith was aware of their predicament but sha was preoccupied. Immediately after the ruined mating between Chokhmah and Keter, while Samael was still incapacitated, Michael, Lilith and Leliel escaped in the avatar of Chokhmah on a parabola directly for the land of Magodon.
 
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* CAD: Leliel always joined them on such flights now, if only for the peace of mind of Lilith. Sha worried Samael or Israel might contrive some mischief involving a fold-door.  Michael had warned of retaliation should hyz daughter be harmed by the seraphim, directly or indirectly.
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El Shaddai 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. Blackseed said the missing goods were not a sign of the power of El Shaddai, but indicated only thieves. So everyone started keeping their worldly goods and weapons on their own person, but the invaders were steadily impoverished even as they looted Nath. And it came to pass that Baron Nahaliel Kerresh came out of Linan and gave battle to Blackseed, who was driven to the wilderness of Shikah. And the Baron waylaid the greater part of the army of Blackseed because they were exceedingly drunken. Then seeing his foes flee before him, the Baron went nigh to the city of Mizal and plundered the encampments of the invaders. And King Garand gave battle for three days. Lord Blackseed fought with his back to the water. In the battle Blackseed smote upon King Garand with many wounds. The king fainted from the loss of blood and was carried away. Battle casualties were so high on both sides that Blackseed ordered his army not to pursue the armies of King Garand as they withdrew again to the city of Hadal. And it came to pass that Telan Blackseed wrote an epistle to King Garand that he ought to surrender his forces for the sake of the lives of his people. But the king answered nay. And it came to pass that Blackseed wrote another epistle to King Garand that if he gave himself up, and renounced his crown, he would spare the lives of the people. And the king answered nay. And it came to pass that Blackseed wrote a third epistle to King Garand, 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. King Garand refused to yield even to the sore temptation of the silver offered by Blackseed, which was enough to buy two and forty thousand measures of barley or seven hundred head of cattle. And this money had not been taken by the curse of the land, for it had been carried on the person of each person loyal to Telan Blackseed. Yet it could not be used to buy provisions in Nath, for the war campaign had run well into the harvest season, and many crops rotted in the fields while the farmers fought for the king, and the cattle had been slaughtered. It was truly worthless. So King Garand replied, May El Shaddai the true and living God curse your money.
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* CAE: 'Lilith can take care of harself, but assail my baby doll, or send others to assail har, and all covenants between us are void, El Elyon be damned.  Why should I know better? How should I know our covenants are unbreakable? I've been isolated from all the other living suns.'
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Chokhmah gentled the flights somewhat for the sake of Leliel.  Sha no longer feared them, if sha ever did, and even looked forward to them,
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* CAC: 'Do you not tire of going before Cherubim as a supplicant?' Lilith asked har husband as they flew from Anshar.
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'I think once more shall pay for all. Your Fallen Angels have accepted exile to follow you. They deserve better than to be scattered to ringhouses across Rammon.'
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* CAD: Lilith said, 'It occured to me that I might have to do most of the supplication. Metatron will accept me as the queen of Salem in exile, but I deem hy knows little to nothing of your union with Chokhmah.  We did not take the time to appraise hyz son Barachiel of this.'
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* CAE: The king recieved them at the end of a long, narrow colonnade exposed to the elements, where his throne had been set with its back to the very face of the Nine Mile Wall.  From here hy often enjoyed watching the doings of his subjects in the streets of the city far below.'
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* CAF: Lilith was brought before Metatron with har daughter Leliel in hand and with Michael at har side. Sha found the Larund sovereign to be like an echo of har beloved father of happy memory. It was as though both yeng were the angelic incarnation of a couplet of rhyming verse.
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* CAF: Sha saw that the king's son, Barachiel, sat at hyz right hand.  So hy was neither dead nor in fetters, which told Lilith that hyz father had accepted the conditions of the truce hastily worked out on the field of battle between har and Samael. Metatron noted har glance.
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* CAG: 'I am not certain I should welcome you to Rumbek, Queen Lilith,' said hy, after hyz son made the formal introductions. 'The Ophan Barachiel told me it was you who gave a fair portion of my land to the Black Beards in such a way that I must either ratify it or go to war.'
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* CAH: 'Your Majesty,' replied Lilith, 'Prince Barachiel was at a distint disadvantage, even with my Fallen Angels fighting at his side.  It would have been a rout, and the new frontier with the Adanites would be that much closer to this city. I did what I thought was best.'
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CAI: 'It has come to me that you are exiled from Salem.  How come you to these straits?'
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'My husband Michael spoke truth to the House of Gerash. But they hated the truth because it was like a bright light, and that light threatened to reveal the dark things they do in secret.'"
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"CAJ: Metatron turned to Michael then and asked of hym, 'What is truth?'
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Michael bowed deeply and said in reply, 'Your Majesty, truth is the way things are.  Truth is one. We know this truth when our thoughts and deeds model the world as it plainly is, without contradiction.'"
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"CAK: 'What do you ask of me, Lord Michael? Shall I put my armies at your command? Shall I use force to protect the purity of your truth?'
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Michael said, 'Nay, Your Majesty. If what I teach is so fragile that I must shield it from contamination, what I have cannot be the truth."
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CAL: Only the Eyes of Keter fight to convert others to their truth and war against other truths.  What they call truth is too weak to sell itself to all who seek the truth with sincerity. Since they are certain they already possess the truth, they refuse to investigate reality.'
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"CAM: If truth only comes to those who seek it with sincerity, then tell me, Lord Michael, what is the most sincere truth?'
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'I reveal this to you now Your Majesty. The most sincere truth is that the noblest activity is unending love.'
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King Metatron pondered this silently."
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* CAN: They fight because what they call truth is too weak to sell itself to all who seek the truth with sincerity. Since they are certain they already possess the truth, they refuse to investigate reality, and delight in self-deception.
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"CAO: Then what is the most sincere truth?
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I reveal this to you now Your Majesty. The most sincere truth is just this:  The noblest activity is unending love.
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King Metatron accepted this silently. At that moment the avatar of Chokhmah flew over Rumbek at great speed."
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* CAP: Michael continued. 'Samael will never assail you with hyz army, Your Majesty. Queen Lilith saw to that, and elohim cannot break the bindings of even the smallest concession. Yet nothing prevents hym from equipping your enemies with arms, both within Magodon and without.'
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* CAQ: Samael will never reduce you to vassalage directly, by assailing you with an army. Queen Lilith saw to that, and elohim cannot break the bindings of the smallest concession. Yet nothing prevents hym from equipping your enemies with arms, both within Magodon and without.
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CAR: Michael went on. 'And yet, Your Majesty, here is another truth
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* CAS: 'I will bring Queen Aurra and King Uriel hither with the aim of forging some unity between the kingdoms of heaven. But I know of a certainty that Samael and Israel will resist for it would strike Adan's commerce.
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CAT: To this King Metatron gave hyz hearty assent. Hy welcomed Michael and Queen Lilith. A place was found for the Fallen Angels to make encampment on the large island of Sealiah east of Rumbek, where they set about to demobilize and order a village with the aid of the locals.
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* CAU: Then Michael's first disciple Lilith began to teach their new friends and neighbors among the Brown Beards, individually and in small groups, the doctrines of those who embrace Chokhmah. But Michael hymself refused to teach lest the king imagine hy was spreading a cult.
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Revision as of 14:20, 6 November 2019


El Shaddai 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. Blackseed said the missing goods were not a sign of the power of El Shaddai, but indicated only thieves. So everyone started keeping their worldly goods and weapons on their own person, but the invaders were steadily impoverished even as they looted Nath. And it came to pass that Baron Nahaliel Kerresh came out of Linan and gave battle to Blackseed, who was driven to the wilderness of Shikah. And the Baron waylaid the greater part of the army of Blackseed because they were exceedingly drunken. Then seeing his foes flee before him, the Baron went nigh to the city of Mizal and plundered the encampments of the invaders. And King Garand gave battle for three days. Lord Blackseed fought with his back to the water. In the battle Blackseed smote upon King Garand with many wounds. The king fainted from the loss of blood and was carried away. Battle casualties were so high on both sides that Blackseed ordered his army not to pursue the armies of King Garand as they withdrew again to the city of Hadal. And it came to pass that Telan Blackseed wrote an epistle to King Garand that he ought to surrender his forces for the sake of the lives of his people. But the king answered nay. And it came to pass that Blackseed wrote another epistle to King Garand that if he gave himself up, and renounced his crown, he would spare the lives of the people. And the king answered nay. And it came to pass that Blackseed wrote a third epistle to King Garand, 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. King Garand refused to yield even to the sore temptation of the silver offered by Blackseed, which was enough to buy two and forty thousand measures of barley or seven hundred head of cattle. And this money had not been taken by the curse of the land, for it had been carried on the person of each person loyal to Telan Blackseed. Yet it could not be used to buy provisions in Nath, for the war campaign had run well into the harvest season, and many crops rotted in the fields while the farmers fought for the king, and the cattle had been slaughtered. It was truly worthless. So King Garand replied, May El Shaddai the true and living God curse your money.

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