596. Faith in madness

The ruthless warlord Tarish-Zi has risen with his savage army of Anka-Ra to conquer these lands at the behest of the Celestial Warrior. It is now only a matter of time before this seemingly unstoppable host turns east towards the city of Belgarth.

When a land suffers under the influence of such great fear its people cannot be trusted to act or think sanely. Thus I would have scorned at the tavern rumours of a naked man appearing in the Dragonstar arena claiming to be our only hope to defeat the risen Ra Gada, had it not been for the adumbrate words given by Hermaeus Mora at the Seeker’s Archive – ‘There is a man who can help you defeat the Anka-Ra. His name is Titus Valerius, but he is not of this time.

This man now held prisoner at the Bangkorai Gate speaks so franticly that it is little wonder the guards believe him mad. Yet perhaps in such desperate times we should not be so eager to impeach another man’s sanity. For whilst we may all share this same world, within it each of us lives a unique reality; our own private perception different from those experienced by all others. One person’s reality is so different from another’s that sometimes they can’t explain it to us, and we think them mad. What if I was to tell this man I was once soul-shriven but made whole again by overcoming the daedric Prince of Brutality in an affair of honour; would he not think me mad also?

So I shall take a chance on this mad man, and follow him through a cave he called the Buried Sands, where he believes we will find something vital to defeating the Anka-Ra. And perhaps in doing so prove the philosophers’ claim, that in life true freedom can only be found in madness and dreams.

596 (i). Faith in madness


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