Thursday, March 29, 2007

Conversations with a Dragon

During Yeshua's imprisonment, he was able to speak about certain matters with his draconic captor. This is a rather unpolished colection of Yeshua's questions, and the dragon Dhorlot's responses.

Dhorlot is temperamental, and frequently brushes your questions off.
Sometimes you'll get as many as five questions in before he dismisses
you, or sets you a question to contemplate. He seems to view your
presence as that of a promising, but ultimately annoying
disciple.

> "What is the relationship between the Smoking Eye and Blibdoolploolp?"

The dragon reclines on his platform, stacking myriad coins into
pleasing patterns. His great green eyes are lidded, and it seems he is
ignoring your question. After a long period of waiting, he lets out a
small snort and gestures towards the design he has rendered.

"Look upon these patterns, and speak to me of your perceptions."

You look at the coins, which have been stacked into many different
piles. Pyramids, towers, short circles: there are no sequential
patterns of shape or size. Then, as your eyes track back across the
piles for the second time, you notice a more subtle pattern. Within
each structure, there is a single, badly tarnished silver coin. You
point out this pattern, and Dhorlot breaths a long sigh.

"It is not merely a single coin; it is all the coins. They are all the
same coin, but each has assumed a random position within a greater
structure. It is a presence within every single stack and design. In
some it holds a more central position, while on others it assumes a
peripheral position."

The dragon drags his claw back across the series of designs, scooping
them back into their zig-zag patterned urn. You wait patiently, hoping
for a more thorough answer to your question. When he has finished
picking up the last coin, he turns his long, skull-like face back to
you.

"Think on the nature of the tarnished coin, and what it's seemingly
ubiquitous presence could mean. Return to me with your answer."

> "Why were the lanky human and dirty halfling being being held
> captive? Were they searching for the Smoking Eye?"

"They were intruders, much as you were. They came to steal my oracle,
and unfortunately did not receive the proper punishment. Next time I
will not be so lenient."

> And Yeshua would have liked to speak on the following topics:

> * Zenith's deteriorating health and prophetic nature

"The oracular dwarf's health was deteriorating long before he reached
the gates of Bhal-Hamatugn. His diseased mind saw the blackened, fiery
socket as a manifestation of evil. He sought to destroy it, and lead a
great number of his pitiful soldiers into the cold and dark. When he
had dashed his forces against these very walls in vain, he was
surrounded and captured by the then-priest Cullogthuk's personal
guard. This was years before I had reached this place, though I had
met Zenith on his crusade once before. Under a great deal of physical
strain and torture, Zenith's mind finally cracked. The shallow
defenses he had erected in his mind fell away, and he saw truth in its
unvarnished form. Since that day he has spouting prophecy as a Kuo-
Toan does feces. You will need some sort of similar treatment if you
are to unleash your own latent oracular powers."

He leans forward, gesturing towards the door with a single claw.

"Go now, and return to me with a proposal of a method for your
ascendance."

> * Dhorlot's rivalry with Gottrod the Red, and Gottrod's fate at the
> hands of Yeshua and his fellows

"An annoyance, an upstart, and a shallow excuse for a draconic being.
Speak no more of this. Go."

>* The fate of Cauldron as it is tied to the "thirteen".
"The fate of all human accomplishment is tied in to their own inherent
failures. Petty mysticism only clouds the true reasons for the fall of
any human city: idiocy and complacency. Your question today is this:
why does Cauldron still stand, when its history if rife with intrigue,
violence, and demonic invasion? Go."

> And more general topics of prophecy, spiritual enlightenment, and the
> like.

His general thoughts on the nature of the universe are wrapped up in a
peculiar philosophy involving the magical elements and their physical
manifestations through the various parts of the mind and body. Its a
very different way of thinking, and its connotations for a non-
draconic being are poor. It seems that only within dragons is there a
suitably stable mixture of the elements. He suggests that if a non-
dragon were to live their life in a suitable fashion, following the
tenets laid down by himself, that one could in fact become semi-
draconic in nature. The meditation and lifestyle changes would be
intense, but according to Dhorlot essential to reaching true
enlightenment.

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