. From the Provisional House he looked into the middle world to find the second monster, which was called the . Within years of the Pomegranate Banquet, it had become a to the lower Velothi houses. They preached of its power:
'The Treasure Wood Sword,of the high and glorious! !' The warrior-poet appeared as a visitation in the ancestor alcove of House Mora, whose was a hero against the northern demons. . He said:
': perfect happiness is embraced only by the weeping. Give me back (and do so freely) what is barren of my marriage and I will not from the thought realm of God. Your line has a that my sister Ayem is fond of and from her murky wisdom alone do I condescend to ask.'
Aemerged from a wall. It had set in its lower jaw, a magical practice of old. . The bone-walker bowed to the prince of the middle air and said:
'The Treasure Wood Sword will not leave our house..'
Vivec kissed the first precious stone and said:
'Animal picture, rude-walker, go back toand store no more messages of useless noise. Down.'
He kissed the second precious stone and said:
'Proud residue, soon dispersed,and demand nothing of its under-skin. I am master evermore. Down.'
He kissed the opal and said:
'Down I take thee.'
And then Vivec withdrew into the hidden places and found theof the Morag Tong, taking them all to wife and filling them with undusted loyalty that tasted of summer salt. They became as , screaming live with a hundred murderous sons, a thousand murderous arms, and a hundred thousand murderous hands, one vast moving event of thrusting-kill-laughter in alleys, palaces, workshops, cities and secret halls. were as rippled endings, heaving between times, with all fates leading to swallowed knives, murder as moaning, God's holy rape-erasure of wet death.
presented to Vivec the Treasure Wood Sword.
'Milord,' the King of Assassins said. 'is now fond of you, as well. I placed him in . His eyes I set into . .'