On Majestrix

“How did Erlik escape after the destruction of the Darkhold?  That’s a very good question, Jerilyn, and the answer is complex.  On one level, you could say that the Necessity saved him.  With the Prophecies unfulfilled, the Eternal Conflict remained and Erlik was necessary.  But, on another level, Majestrix saved him.  Bound by her ancient vow, she had no choice.  She was the servant of the Balance as much as Kandol was, despite her great power.  I think she dreamt of the Reckoning while she wandered the Void, long before she and Zuras brought forth the Craeylu.  How else can you explain the existence of the Darkstar? ”  The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon 

On the Long Night

“I lived through both of them.  I was on Sangrar during the Cataclysm and with Kandol in the Darkhold when he cast his spell of undoing, and I can tell you this.  Both broke the world, but beyond that, they had little in common.  The Balance, the Primals and the Herald appeared at the Reckoning to proclaim the new age, but after the Cataclysm, there was only the Long Night.  The Girdle had collapsed.”  The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon

On the Eternal Warrior

“In the end, the Prophecies were fulfilled, though not without many strange twists and turns.  Valdarag may have felt thwarted, but he needn’t have worried; destiny isn’t easily cheated.  The Eternal Warrior’s tale is as long as the Tale of Ages and he has served with more than one incarnation of the Heroes.  Long after Valdarag accepted the office from the All Father, Bandigar fought with Onyx and Father Artemus and, after the Long Night, he ushered the tradition of the Blood Dwarves into the new age.  I know you’re optimistic that the clan will prosper, Jerilyn, but it remains to be seen whether it flourishes or fades into myth as so many memories of the ancient world have.”  The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon

On Three

“You might think that two, the number of the Necessity is the most potent number, but it’s not.  That honor is reserved for three.  A special number in the annals of Sangrar, three figures prominently – three Heroes, three Suns, three Moons and of course, three Harnae and three Erlikarrin.  It makes sense if you think about it, Jerilyn.  Three is the number of the Balance and the Balance presides over the Necessity.  Therefore, three should be greater than two.  The true power of three is to go beyond the Necessity, to join the Opposition and give birth to something greater.  The Sword, the Hero, the Gift – each is the embodiment of three.  You were there at the end, with the Herald.  You, more than anyone, knows the unimaginable power of thrice-fold three.”  The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon

On Pride

“Pride may be the greatest of the sins.  I’ve seen it undo so many, both Gods and mortals alike.  None are immune to its song of seduction, neither those of noble heart nor those with ill intent.  Other sins might seem worse, but that is a trap.  It’s a simple matter to punish the truly wicked, but it’s altogether different when pride overtakes a loved one.  At first, pride might seem a virtue, until it becomes all consuming.  When that happens, there is little that one can do.  If not for the pride of Torval, the God-Emperors might yet rule; if not for the Dark Lord’s pride, the Warrior might never have succeeded; if not for the pride of the Traitor, the Darkening might have been averted.”  The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon

On Revenge

“Revenge is a powerful motivator.  Properly focused, it can grant tremendous clarity of purpose, but it has a significant drawback that I call short sightedness.  Some might call it a benefit, but not I.  It’s never safe to focus on one thing to the exclusion of everything else.  Once, I sought revenge against Archon, a primitive warlord that had done me some petty injustice that I’ve long since forgotten and the price of my folly was high.  While I pursued him in the eastern islands, one of my enemies attacked my tower in Renk.  After that, I learned to control my desire for revenge.  Patience is a virtue well worth mastering, particularly for someone of my long-lived stature.”  The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon


On Trust

“Trust is a funny thing, Jerilyn.  It can’t be given away, it can only be earned, and that’s not easily done.  My parents trusted little, due, perhaps, to the Seeress’s interference, though it would be unfair to lay all the blame at her feet.  I’ve tried to learn from their mistakes and be more trusting, but when I have, I’ve questioned whether it’s been worth the cost.  You know, if I hadn’t been betrayed, I’d have been in the Towerof Renk when the Cataclysm came and I might have saved some of the people, but it wasn’t meant to be.  Now it is just you and I in this new world, old friend, alone with our memories of what has been and wishes for what might be.  And soon, when the Herald’s curse takes you, even that will pass,.”   The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon

On Sorcery


“Daeryss was the first of many evil sorcerers I’ve seen in my time.  Sorcery is not a force for good or evil, it just is and how the Spire’s power is used depends on the wielder.  Some use it to do good, others to wreak havoc upon the world.  Governed by the Towers, the wizards and mages of your day haven’t a tenth of the power of those born before the Reckoning, let alone those born under the Full Radiance, but the choice to do good or evil remains.  Uranol, Horatin, Numkargol, the list goes on and on.  Surely your memory’s not so far gone that you’ve forgotten the Witchghoul’s wickedness?”  The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon


On Rabbits

“The rabbit?  Strange little fellow, that Ren.  A gift from the Craeylu, in defiance of the Primal’s Ban.  Each God found his or her own way to circumvent the Ban; the rabbits were his.  Remember how Ren came to Kandol?  What! You don’t?  I’m sorry Jerilyn, I didn’t realize that it had gotten so bad for you.  Now, where was I?  Oh, yes.  After the Battle of Unending Night, the three Craeylu appeared in the Grove.  By the Spires, what an unlikely trio that was!  I would have never thought that my grandfather would come with them, but they must have made a peace, of sorts.  The Gods bequeathed gifts; to Kandol they gave Ren, the third of the three rabbits and no, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that there are three rabbits, nor that all three belonged to the House of Nammoran.  Kandol had one, as did his grandfather and his brother.  If you’re still uncertain which Craeylu was responsible, consider his brother’s hawk.  That should put your doubts to rest.”  The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon 

On Change

“Things will get better, Jerilyn, they always do.  I’ve lived through this before, remember?  Living off the land is a bit rough at first, but soon the survivors will start rebuilding.  After we part company, I don’t know where I’ll go, but wherever I settle, it won’t be the same as it was.  The world is different now.  The Blue Lagoon, the Towerof Renk, the Grove, those were special places, the Grove most of all.  In your day, only Kandol’s home atop the Mountainof Cloudscame close to rivaling it.  In this new world, where the ancient Gods and Heaven are no more, the Grove is but a legend from a time long lost.  I am an anomaly, Jerilyn, born in an age so far gone that it has faded from fable.”  The Wizard of the Blue Lagoon