It began, of course, long before the Statue of Soros stood up
and stalked out of the Town Square, yet that seemed a pivotal event and as good a place to
begin as any.
Waves of chaos had been predicted, and so it was. Soros
himself was reported to have appeared to some of the citizens of the Spur. Soros, who had
been most gloriously defeated not more than a year ago. The statuette created in
commemoration of that event was somehow broken, lying in pieces in Market Circle.
Scravixx appeared, weak-willed, it seemed, but toothy all the
same. They attacked, our heroes fought back, some were killed (both heroes and scravixx).
And then an ultimatum was issued throughout the land! an ultimatum reminiscent indeed of
the Sheepherder, Soros. We must all bow down in servitude to the Lord of Deception or all
of Spur would be destroyed.
Meanwhile, seven Spurians were quietly visited, by just what,
they knew not, but into each mind was planted a single syllable and a moment to reveal the
syllable. Marjory reports that she had the distinct impression that the syllable was
confidential, so she told no one. Not, that is, until Laurana specifically asked her about
the syllable, giving the sign that was to bring forth the sound she'd been given. The
seven Spurians gathered with Laurana at Sa's temple to piece the puzzle together
... but, alas, when the final hour came, scravixx and all,
the group still did not know what they had, or how to use it.
Many fought. Many died. At last, above the hubbub, and with
Selder proclaiming that it was being incorrectly done, Laurana performed the dance she'd
been given to do, and each of the Seven pronounced their syllable in order and a Being in
the heavens seemed much disturbed by the proceedings and attempted to stop it.
But he could not. The syllables proclaimed the True Name of
the Lord of Deception, a powerful weapon indeed.
As Salvius explained later, "only a mortal can say a
true name, another devil cannot." Apparently it was Loa Kass, determined to win a bet
and banish the Lord of Deception from the Spur, who planted it quietly in everyone's minds
and distracted him long enough with his reserve power to allow Laurana to piece the final
puzzle together and to say it, thereby banishing the Lord of Deception forever. For, as
Salvius explained, "Once a true name is used on a plane of reality, the devil can
never again enter it."
But though the battle be won, the war is yet far from over.
"The balance of the land," Salvius explained, "is now irrevocably on the
side of order, where it should not be." Not only that, but Loa Kass himself is hardly
banished from the land. And there are the words of Morinod, proclaimed as the battle was
"The path is left, the order is right, and the chaos is
wrong. The order is wrong. The path is right, and chaos is left."
Revised: September 02, 1998.
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