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Prelate Springe,
Thank you for the hospitality on my visit. Thus far, it has been the only trustworthy thing in this gnarled subterrane.
This place confounds me, brother. On my trip to our Lord, I saw things I know have never been true: A vision of the Fallow Traitor’s cold city spread far and wide thru the continent whole, except it bore a symbol akin to our Warm Sun’s. In another, the sky had been covered, or… no, it was if it had fallen in, as if pieces of the heavens had collapsed and crowded the world. I saw the ruined college, rebuilt, or, no, it wasn’t destroyed in the first place.
But then I saw Him there, at the bottom, and I felt His heat and I knew my path again. As expected, the ring carries heretical light. He told me it was from “the third stratum,” which I suspect you understand better than I do.
I fear that He could see my bewilderment as He said it, yet I didn’t mind that He saw me like this. We are His in ignorance and power, both. He blessed me for my faith: “Even in ignorance,” he said, “You walk with the Confidence of the First Prince.”
Perhaps this is how you stand this place, Springe. The surface is so far from His fire; it is barren His glow. Even with these twisted environs of impossible pasts, I envy you this closeness. Perhaps I will stay longer.
Yours in Faith,
Ex. Braeven
This week on Friends at the Table: Pulling You Further Down
Good Exarch,
I’ve sent three of my Devout—Rinse, Bringlight, and Lockgood—to retrieve the ring. They know His way and have spilled the blood to prove it.
I am honored that you would share His words with me, and would be grateful to have you remain present at the Cathedral. Our parishioners would be lucky to rest in your reflection of His strength.
But if you stay, you must learn quickly: There are no false pasts here. Only mistakes. Mistakes our Lord rights by fire, faith, and forceful whim.
Pr. Springe

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Winter in Hieron episodes
"An Arrow Let Loose" · "A Museum in the Distance" · "You Haven't Kept Up, Have You?" · "A Combination of Notes" · "Blood Doesn't Run" · "All Violence, All Brains" · "Homes and Promises" · "Pits and Ladders" · "Two Hands" · "The Meeting House" · "Warm Assurances" · "Fire and Blood" · "The Importance of Names" · "A Chaotic Cataloging" · "Rosemerrow, Oh My Rosemerrow" · "What Do You Want Here?" · "Settle Your Matters" · "Is There Anyone Else?" · "Undelivered Resignations" · "Try to Live Normally" · "Make The Spring Last Forever" · "Pulling You Further Down" · "The Shield of Our Will" · "A Holy Place" · "Make the Library Smile" · "An Open Mind" · "Twenty Two Brown Birds" · "A Shattering Note" · "A Good Metaphor" · "What Life Looks Like" · "Slow Justice"

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