The Hortator wandered through the Mourning Hold, wrestling with. They were slippery in his mind. He could not always keep the words straight and knew that . He wandered to find Vivec, his lord and master, the , and found him of all places in the Temple of False Thinking. There, clockwork shears were taking off Vivec's hair. A had brought his loom and was making of the hair an .
Nerevar said, 'Why are you doing this, milord?'
Vivec said, '.'
And the Hortator could see that Vivec was out of sorts, though not because of the impending new power to come. The golden warrior-poet had been exercising his Water Face as well, learned from the dreughs.
Nerevar said, 'Is this to keep you from the fire?'
Vivec said, 'It is so that I may. It, and my place here at the altar of Padhome in the , serve so that I may . The cannot lie. It comes from the ocean, which is too busy to think, much less lie. Moving water resembles truth by its trembling.'
Nerevar said, 'I am afraid to become slipshod in my thinking.'
Vivec said, 'by then.'
So to quiet his mind the Hortator chose from the Fight Racks an axe.and moved on to .
There, Nerevar was greeted by the, who knew him by title and resented his presence, for he was to be a ruling king of earth and this was the lunar realm. They shifted around him in a pattern of entrapment.
',' they said, 'nor the representatives of kingdoms below, . of those that have migrated and become ancient countries. We seek no Queens or thrones. Your appearance is decidedly solar, which is to say a . We are . Our revolution succeeded in the manner that is was written. You are the Hortator and unwelcome here.'
And so Nerevar carved at the grave ghosts until he was out of breath and their Parliament could make no new laws.
He said, '.'
Of the members of Parliament only a few survived the Hortator's attack.
A surviving Crater said, '. Everything happens of itself. This motif is by no means unassociated with . You have not acted with the creative impulse; you . We are graves but not coffins. . You have only dug more and to reside within. Central to your claim is the predominance of . To be judged by the earth is to sit on a . Damage us more and you will find naught but the absence of our dead.'