. He was not the mightiest of the eight to escape Muatra, but his actions were the most worrisome. , and . This he did twice, as was said, and . His aspect was .
in the finding of Moon Axle, but it was known that he was immune to spears, so . Before he took issue with the monster, the warrior-poet asked:
'How came you to be immune to spears?'
To which Moon Axle replied, 'Mine is a dual nature, and protean. I am in fact made of, though none last too long. In this way I have learned to ignore all true segments.'
Luckily, the sword not held was curved and therefore could cut into Moon Axle, and before the sun was up he was bleeding from many wounds. Vivec did not slay him outright for to do so would toand not back where they belonged. Soon Vivec had traced geography right again, and Moon Axle was ready to be slain.
Vivec rose up in his giant-form, to be terrible to look upon. He reached into the west and pulled out a canyon, holding it like a horn. He reached east and ate a handful of nix hounds. Blowing their spirits through the canyon made a terrible wail,. He said:
'Let this overtake you,' and Moon Axle was overtaken by the curvatures of stolen souls. They wrapped about the monster like resin, until finally he could not move, nor could his dual nature.
Vivec said, ',' and pierced his child with Muatra. Moon Axle had been , and therefore shattered.
The lines of Moon Axle were collected by Velothi philosophers and taken into caves. There, and for a year, Vivec taught the philosophers. This was the birth of the first . Before, there had only been the .
Vivec looked at his first wheeling students and observed:
', . In this cloister you have discovered , hilled like a sword but more coarsened. So edged it is that it has to be whispered to keep the tongue from bleeding, .
'Look on the estimable lines of my son, now crafted star-wise, his every limb equidistant from the center.? . Think on the theory that and alike the egg-layered universe . Here is ; here is another that can soar.'
In the Wind of the mind arises the turbulence called I.
It breaks; down shower the barren thoughts.
All life is choked.
This desert is the Abyss wherein is the Universe. The Stars are but thistles in that waste.
Yet this desert is but one spot accursèd in a world of bliss.
Now and again Travellers cross the desert; they come from the Great Sea, and to the Great Sea they go.
As they go they spill water; one day they will irrigate the desert, till it flower.
See! five footprints of a Camel! V. V. V. V. V.
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