A Grungy Man Stands On a Box in Illian Before a Gathering Crowd

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A Grungy Man Stands On a Box in Illian Before a Gathering Crowd

Post by Quintilius » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:29 pm

I see you before me. Hungry, terrified... Clutching your babes to your breast. Dragon Captain Dartes has marched his legions into our lands! Threatens to lay siege to every fortress from here to the Spine! Rabid and ravenous, he bites and bites away...

Men of the South, you stand at the precipice! Your kings have failed you, so now you turn to the Aes Sedai! You wail, "Why has the Light forsaken us?" And yet you do not pray? You do not kneel to dust your heads with ash?

We must look into the trials we failed long ago! In a time past, our world shattered through an upheaval scholars call the Breaking... The Aes Sedai allowed unholy forces to slip into our domains. The cause of that cataclysm was the nefarious force called the One Power... Yet we did not banish it - instead studying the forbidden arcane for our own power and wealth!

And the monsters at our door... the unholy relics of this Cataclysm? The madmen, the deranged destroyers? Did we raise our swords against them? Or have we laid this burden on others? On the so-called Aes Sedai... Stray children taught the ways of foul sorcery, their bodies mutated through blasphemous ritual. Sent to fight monsters, though they could not distinguish good from evil... the flicker of humanity long extinguished within them. Yes, their numbers have dwindled throughout the years. But many still roam our lands, offering their blood-soaked wisdom and poisoned gifts. To this day they shame us with their very existence!

The South bleeds, flogged by war! The battles a whip, chastisement for our sins!

And let us not forget the terrors, the scourges from beyond our world! The Shadow rules the land with every full moon! The dark raiders abduct our children into lands unknown! Some say they herald a second Trolloc War... Can we chart a course back into the Light?

Will we find the strength to banish the Aes Sedai from our kingdoms? Unite around the warmth of the Light? Nigh is the time of the Sword and Axe! None will fight this war in our stead! Nigh is the time of Madness and Disdain!