Date: 12/04/2012 at 06:04
From: Warlock Convert Kresslack De'Verres, the Black Wolf
To : Everyone
Subj: Perspective


In regards to recent events, some will celebrate the fate that Shallam
has met, and others will mourn it. On one side, an age old city has been
destroyed. Citizens of the Jewel of the East have lost homes, shops,
security, and loved ones. On the other hand, some will see this as long
in coming, for the years of aggression towards those who choose to live
in ways that followers of Light feel conflict with their personal
beliefs. .

I see this as a victory for neither Mhaldor nor Ashtan. There is a
simple question to consider: What next? Or rather, Who next? All should
stop and ponder on what this will accomplish. Citizens of Shallam
survive, and with them, their beliefs. It would be impractical to think
that with losing their city, they have lost their hope, or what they
feel they stand for. If anything, this has possibly given them the zeal
to not only survive, but rebuild.

Mhaldor, ever playing the part of marionette, has allowed their Master
to twitch strings and orchestrate their dance to their own eventual
demise. And they will go willingly, these faithful servants of Suffering
and Oppression, ever eager to please and serve. Will the rest of
Sapience be dragged down along with them in their folly? Only if such a
thing is allowed by its inhabitants.

It is fitting that a dragon plays herald to this level of destruction.
The Uroborus is a fitting symbol in relation, in that destruction brings
about the opportunity for new growth and change. Do not be surprised,
Mhaldor, when it circles back around to visit upon you the same
opportunity. Of which, there can be little doubt it will be accepted as
the gift that it is.

Life is answered by death. Dark by light. Overwhelming success by
catastrophic failure. Horrific curse by breath taking blessing. It seems
the inclination of all people to lose sight of that truth from time to
time, particularly when blinded by triumph upon triumph.

Take for example, the making of a small fire. A modest victory...but if
you feed it, your own eager delight is answered, until an entire plain
is aflame, then a forest, then the world itself. Thus, an assertion of
wisdom the quenching of the flames once their need has passed.
After all, igniting the entire world would also kill everything in it,
if not in flames, then in subsequent starvation.

For those interested in learning more of Balance, and what it stands
for, feel free to contact me.


Kresslack De'Verres

Penned by my hand on the 12th of Phaestian, in the year 612 AF.