Thus begins the joining of two worlds, though the act is violent and full of prejudice, it is of a beautiful resolution. This sermon follows the same lords of the last, and seeks to conclude their legend and fails, as no life is ever truly at its end. It was in the season of angry winds that the Shadarin’s came to us searching. They arrived clad in suits of iron, and wearing the copied face of their then empress, Ade’Layde who had been cold dead for some time, replaced by a magic marionette fashioned from the hand of Lah’Ahad. Imperator Hadar, ninth of his name was the first to be shown to us, materializing his lightship and soldiers from thin air. It was at the same time that I went with my lords abort a vessel unto the island of Myst, where the wolves the size of towers had begun consuming men out of betrayal. We did not arrive however, as we were beset by an ocean wyrm who had become a typhoon and destroyed our vessel. We stayed adrift for three days and nights in the mother ocean from which all life is born. On the third night the lightship Agony happened upon our path, and we were brought aboard. It is in this time that Ashur’Ra then Ash, Cata’Ra then Cato, and myself all met for the first time in our second faces.
We then arrived in Ash’s land that was the Shadow World, that second parent land of all Shadarin peoples where they choked and cried tears of dirt. It was in her house that she fed us, then played on a piano sounds that formed color in our eyes. Ashur’Ra then Ash invited me up to her bedchamber, where she became naked and unformed before me, and asked that I with a blade carve into her back that she might find perfection in the mutilation. Upon her back she had some odd number perhaps six above forty, but mine was the hundredth. It was then that Cata’Ra then Cato and Sigfried came into the room and broke etiquette, and thus Ashur’Ra then Ash demanded a blood sport of them that she might rend them in two and use their blood to make paintings, thus granting them back innocence. The two wanted that day their bodies to remain intact, and used a trick amulet to travel back to Gehn. It was in this time that Ash reminded them that this disrespect would mean war, and she was right for in this time Lah’Ahad saw the means to act and take from us our island which was in fact a star turtle.
When war was put before Rime in Illusitory proclamation, we did tremble as a cornered animal might, for we numbered only an inch above one thousand bodies who did have swords for arms. Thus we went unto far corners of the Painted World, and split our bodies from each other and in doing so split our minds. I reflect now that to know fear and speak with it cordially is to know death of the mind, and thus I must allow fear to come unto me and embrace me, that I might then cut it into non-existence with clarity. Came a spare few of us to different conflicts. It was in this time that many small battles were fought in both the world and our own dreams. Cata’Ra then Cato took the sword Durandal and climbed Pearl Mountain with other Lords, and went inside to find an inverted mountain of fire where Mistress Malcrom did sleep. There they first battled Lah’Ahad who was at the time an imperator and of a different name though not skin, this had been after he rent in two their ship with a space rock. Next the same lords then traveled to that devil’s home known as the Uterine Sea, to rescue Ashur’Ra then Ash from Hedonia’s pain toys. In the doing they found that Ashur’Ra then Ash could indeed come to know love as they did and so all wept as the color of the sky rained down, and Ashur’Ra then Ash did expel from her mouth a wicked spirit who had all the marks of Alshaytan. Then went we on our separate paths, I with Hope who was not a devil to the north, Njaa, Thatcher, Sigfried and Cata’Ra to the South to seek an oracle, and Krixicz flew to our enemies in an attempt to join them. The results of the journeys were this, that Krixicz had his wings ripped from his body by Imperator Noct who did then bath the stubs of the owl man that they might heal and in time offer him redemption, and Krixicz was banished to the realm that is inverted, though he comes back at the conclusion. We who went North found lords in the lands of others who had lain with demons, and learned we two things, one that every man in the North of the Painted World wants another two dead and that is an equation which does equal a negative, and as all in Rime know to invite a Negative into one’s own logic is to rape the mind. The second fact we of the Northern party learned was that Imperator Yith had come to stalk us by altering the composition of reality with her thoughts, and it was above the thousand foot tall skeleton of an infant demon did she and a dragon made of shadows save us, it was in this moment that I came to realize that she too was capable of knowing love as we do. We left Rorrim, for that was the name of the north land, in the form of a serpent chewing its own tail in a violent fashion. Then the Southern party, who trekked across the desert of Gehn making pilgrimage to an Oracle at the lowest point. It was in this land that they met with devils in amphibious form, and battled a sandstorm who was also a lord of that land, and broke bone with the King of Limbs. At the end of this they learned of Lah’Ahad’s great lie to the Shadarin people, and thus they did expose him, and only narrowly did he flee by way of holding his breath that his mind began to exist elsewhere. Thus the Shadarins imparted unto us the knowledge of the star turtle who’s shell had given us life, and we did wake her.
It was then that we touched the stars, and the three were given the names Cata’ Ra, Ashur’Ra and Lyce’Ra. It was at this time that Yithmire did come unto me in a dream where I was projecting and spake unto me “If you, the Lover, will teach me to know love, then I will teach you to think an organism out of existance, as that is the way of beautiful killing”. I voiced back and said “I am the Lover, Eashiq, and so I can only love you for a time, though it will be the sweetest love you will know” and Yith spake “Then come, and I will alter our minds that we might live a false eternity together, though only true in perception”. Yith and I loved for six hours and four days, though in our minds it was two thousand years, and in those six days and four hours I did bore two children of double royal blood. It was only twenty true years after that the gods decided to fold in on themselves, and Lah’Ahad did return with a golem made of Plutonium with the goal of murdering first fate then the sun. The heroes of the first sermon did go to battle him upon the fractured world of beginnings, and in doing so came to kill Lah’Ahad a second time, thus doubling his anger and pain. What happened next is not known as the lords became forgetful for the span of six minutes, and woke to find their victory existed and the golem did not. And thus our lords did go to different places, in mind and spirit. While they went back to sleep Lah’Ahad brought unto us the Death Storm, and made our peoples afraid again, and thus did the Ivory City disappear. The lesson is this, that in seeing a problem through to its most simplified state does the best result become yours, to rise toward a better sun.