Book Two: The Lone and Level Land
CHAPTER ONE:
The Prophecy of St. Cuthbert

Berrona Umberselunday

As explained by Primate Wulfgar to Nimbus: “The Ascendant god, St. Cuthbert, is going mad. In a last ditch effort to determine how they might rescue their god, save their religion, and restore their power, the Cuthbertian Church gathered its priests to perform a powerful divination ritual. The ancient rite was based on divine magic older than the Ascendant Pantheon itself. With it, the Church sought to determine what they must do to find the lost mind of their god. The ritual lasted a year and a day and required enormous sacrifice and effort on the part of the faithful. When divination was complete, its message was so simple, at first many believed that the effort had failed.

Mountain city assembly, Awakening night, Beginning and end, was all it said.

“For months, the Church was wracked in debate over various interpretations, all the while, Cuthbert grew more addled and more disturbed. Finally, a year and a day before the Eye of Independence eclipse, the Primature of the Church decided to act upon one of the most widely accepted interpretations. They ordered their priests to travel the length and breadth of the world, to proselytize as never before, and to encourage all they encountered to gather in Riot's Gate the night of the Eclipse. Then, they would wait for a sign.”

In Cauldron, Wulfgar interpreted Nimbus's description of the Dream of Horrors and, particularly, the appearance of the Red Rider during that dream, as the sign the Church had been waiting for. Wulfgar believes the Red Rider was St. Cuthbert himself. The Companions' quest, then, to find Tallim Nuvam, must be integral to this larger vision, for that is where it began. He encourages the Companions on their quest and promises to deliver tools unto them to facilitate this end.

Wulfgar explained that the divination, powerful as it was and its subject being none other than the God of Justice, the prophecy it engendered could only be brought about through free will. There would be no pre-determination; fate would be carved from the marble of being through choice and will alone. The Companions' path would somehow lead to the revelation of the mystery.

In Nimbus's tale Wulfgar also saw powerful omens and dark portents of forces working against the realization of the quest and the prophecy. He encouraged Nimbus to take heart, for even in Domaldi's death, Wulfgar saw great meaning. If the Companions had not entered the Devourer in pursuit of the truth about his father's death, they would be ill prepared the journey ahead, into the realm of the One.

Yet, for all if his answers, Wulfgar could not explain why Nimbus appears to have been the "hub" of the prophecy; why the six people who, alone, deposited a coin his begging bowl, were drawn, that night, into that fateful dream.

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