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OTHARAD'S COMPASS








Auspicer and Court Wizard to the House of Moonspear

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I.
The Age of AlabasterHeaven's HeartThe Crown of Light


When the Queen of Heaven was young, she visited every quarter of her boundless domain. And when she had seen all of it, she desired to see also the World Below. And so she decreed that a great palace be carved from the alabaster mountain in the middle of the sky, called Heaven's Heart.

And before the throne of Heaven's Heart, a vast window was set, through which the White Queen might gaze through the Veil of Night upon the World Below.

And when she looked through the window, the Queen saw stretching out beneath her a world that was as a clay tablet with no carvings upon it,  plain and unready: a formless desert of ash encircled by the deep Dark Waters of the Abyss; and it was devoid of light.

And the White Queen of Heaven was moved with pity for the World Below; and because Heaven was abundant with starlight, and the World was dark, she summoned all her court to Heaven's Heart, and she decreed that to the World Below, light would be gifted and life would be brought.

The Queen first summoned her Court Wizard, Yeman, and tasked her with giving form to the World Below. And so Yeman descended with her retinue through the Veil and came to the World.

And Yeman went to the Dark Waters of the Abyss that encircled the World, and dredging from their primordial depths the power to shape reality to her will, she commanded her retainers to ply their craft unto the young World.

"BRING ME", cried she:
"Moulders of the mountains high,
Weavers of the bright blue sky,
Chisellers of the forest crowds,
And churners of the mighty clouds."


And they came, and by the Wizard's power they moulded, and wove, and chiselled, and churned the World until it was a marvel to behold.

Now the World Below was ready, the Queen gathered her 999 courtiers, and she gave them each 888 silver coins, and she sent them to the World, to roam its expanse, to settle its rivers with towns, its valleys with villages, and its hilltops with citadels, and to bring with them everywhere the starlight of Heaven.

And she gave them her secret name to know her by, that which is guarded by the sacred letters SA'I.

And to lead and watch over them, the White Queen anointed her Consort King, the Viceroy of Heaven, and she gave unto him a Crown of Starlight with which to rule the World Below.

And the White King gave his Queen a Promise always to be True to Heaven, and he wore the starry Crown, and he went down into the World, and there he founded a City, and in its center he raised a Tower which reached almost to the stars so that he would near to his Queen; and from the Tower he ruled over the World, and the World was lit with starlight, and it was good.

II.
The Age of RubyWorld's HeartThe Blinding of the Sky


But when Yeman saw this, she was filled with envy at the Viceroy, and anger at the Queen. Shaping the World had made Yeman proud, and admiring her reflection in the Dark Waters had made her vain, and she wanted to rule this World for herself, and she wanted those who dwelt it not to know the White Queen, nor Heaven, nor anything that was above herself, but only herself.

And so Yeman returned to the Abyss that encircles the World, and she gazed long into it, and in her distorted reflection she saw herself as queen and empress and goddess, and was mesmerized; and she drank deep of the Dark Waters, and was drunk with its power to create and to confound; and in her burning hatred of the White Queen and King, she became a false divinity, not of starlight but of fire, and a false Queen, not of Heaven but of the World Below; not White, but Red.

Now Yeman wanted to rule over the World and all who dwelt in it. So she went to the beasts that slither and crawl in the marshes and morasses, and appeared before them in her fiery aspect as the Red Queen, and they trembled before her, and hailed her as Empress; and she told them to crawl to the Abyss and to drink deep of its Dark Waters, and they did so, and they were drunk with its power, and they reared up on their hind legs and grew cunning, and they made tools, and weapons, and ziggurats; and she commanded them to worship her by sacrificing atop their temples the descendants of Heaven; and they set out to do so.

And when the Empire of Beasts stood poised at the gates of the City of Heaven's descendants, the Red Queen went up to the summit of the highest mountain in the World, and there she cast her mightiest spell, so that from the mountain's fiery mouth there rose a great wheel of flame, named EL, and the Red Queen hurled it into the night sky; and there it enflamed the sky with a false and blinding light, which obscured the light of the stars and of Heaven's Heart.

And upon EL, the Red Queen wrought her own palace of ruby, and in her envy of Heaven, she called it World's Heart; and from its throne, she declared herself the High Goddess and the supreme ruler over all the World Below.

Now the Viceroy and the descendants of Heaven were blinded by the fires of EL, and they could no longer see the light of the stars or of Heaven's Heart, and they were distraught. And in this their hour of blindness and despair, the Empire struck at the Descendants; and the White King could not defend them, and they could not defend themselves, and they were brought low and were enslaved.

Many were the cruelties that the Descendants suffered at the hands of the Empire, that their humiliation might please the Red Queen who, thrice-false, reigned too as Empress and Goddess. And though every night she brought EL down into the Abyss to drink anew from the Dark Waters which bestowed upon her their power, every morning she rose into the sky again, and once more blinded the Viceroy of Heaven, who could but sit in his tower and weep as he heard the cries of his people on the wind.

But among the Descendants, five were wisest of all, for they had once served the White Queen as the surveyors of the starry realm. They soon learned to stay awake at night, when the Red Queen retreated and starlight once more could reach down to the World and illumine them. They charted a map of stars, and they remembered the secret name which hides behind the sacred letters SA'I; and with this name they unlocked Heaven's secrets.

And with these secrets armed and with starlight armoured, they dared to rise against the Hissing Tyrants and overthrow them, and in their daring they liberated their people, and led them in triumph back to the City, where the White King awaited and welcomed them; and to safekeep them ever more, he raised eight thousand walls to keep the Red Queen and her armies at bay.

III.
The Age of ObsidianThe Broken PromiseThe King Uncrowned


But even in their victory, the Descendants were deceived by the Red Queen, for one of the five who dared to rise in rebellion was false, and was not of their ilk, but was her servant. For the Red Queen was crafty, and knew she that for all their cunning, the beasts of the marsh could not be relied upon.

So she fashioned a Red King Consort of her own, in the furnace of World's Heart, shaped by the Dark Waters of the Abyss, and given the cloven tongue of the beasts of the marsh; yet he was in the likeness of the descendants of Heaven; and he stood amidst the daring few, but when he had learned of the Crown of Starlight, and had seen the City, and had studied its eight thousand walls, he left them, and returned to the court of his Red Queen; and she named him Viceroy of the World, and Lord of Lords, and gave to him the Banner of the Rising Sun, and in mockery of Heaven she called him the Promised, for she promised that one day he would wear the White King's Crown.

Now even as the Descendants found safety behind the walls and multiplied, they felt the tooth of Time which gnaws at the World, and they aged and died, and they were succeeded by new generations; and each generation inherited less of silver, and less of remembrance of Heaven; and their eyes grew weak with daylight, and their minds grew confused with the Dark Waters that rose beneath their feet and seeped into their bodies and minds; and the time came when they looked more to the earth than to the stars, and when, by chance, they turned their gaze skyward, they saw Night's Veil and remembered not what lies beyond; and they saw Heaven's Heart but knew it not, and they named it the Moon; and they went to sleep in their beds.

And the Red Queen's servants went among the Descendants and confounded them, and the Red King bade them gamble their silver away; and some of them stooped to drink of the Dark Waters and were drunk with it, and some were lost in it, and some drowned; and they stopped caring for their City and its towers, its statues, its temples, and its walls. And all the while, the beasts of the marshes and morasses recovered their power, desirous to please their Empress, and they learned to slither through the cracks in the walls and to crawl beneath them. And street by courtyard they roamed through the crumbling City, and they drew ever closer to the White King's Tower.

But it came to pass that the White King Consort that was Heaven's Viceroy, whom had grown hoary with age, was rejuvenated, and dotage-defeating bestirred him from his woes, and went from the Tower, towards the outer limits of his City, to face the once-defeated beasts in battle, and break them himself; thus would the Red King be drawn out, and in turn defeated, and the Ruby House laid low, and the Red Queen's power broken at last.

Came the White King then resplendent in the Crown of Starlight, and he faced the Hissing Tyrants at the head of the royal host, and the White Queen availed him, and he wrought vengeance for their cruelties against his subjects; and he was victorious, and the beasts were laid to waste.

But as in triumph he stood, Heaven's Viceroy looked about, and saw that he was alone; he saw that the royal host had abandoned him even at the eve of victory, for fear had come to rule their hearts; and they shamed themselves, and their King, and their nation, and their Heaven.

Then the White King knew that the Dark Waters of the Abyss had risen too far, and had seeped into the hearts and the minds of his subjects; and that if they rose any further, the Red Queen's Court would win the war without a single battle, for the Descendants would be but shadows of themselves, and surrender to madness and despair.

And so the White King went to the Abyss that encircles the World, and he thought to dam it up; but when he gazed into it, he saw in its distorted reflection himself as emperor and god, as Yeman had, and he was mesmerized, as Yeman had been; and he drank deep of the Dark Waters, and was drunk with its power to create and to confound; and in his madness, he broke his Promise to be True to Heaven, and he lost the Crown of Starlight; and with it, the City too was lost, and all who dwelt in it. But the Red Queen rejoiced, and she sent her Viceroy to fetch the Crown, knowing that with it, at last her rule would be absolute, and even Heaven's Heart would not withstand her.

And when the Promise was broken, so too was the King's bond to Heaven, and without it, he was Nothing.
Yet a Crown must needs a King; and as a Lion has its Mane, a King must needs a Crown;
And though the Crown is lost, the King yet lives; and though the King is uncrowned, yet the Crown is his;
And though the Age of Obsidian is not yet o'er,
And the Houses of Ruby and Alabaster are still at war,
And though Heaven weeps, and the Waters rise, yet still do the Stars shine, and the Lion still roar.




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What is the World? asked the learner.
The stars answered: It is a mixture, as in alchemy, of light and darkness, of heaven and abyss, of matter and spirit, of truth and confusion. It is where we live and struggle.

What is Heaven? asked the learned.
The stars answered: It is the realm of starlight that lies above us beyond the Veil of Night. Some call it the Astral Plane; some call it the Upper Sky. In fact it is not a plane, nor a place, nor a space, but it is a category of perception, projected by the mortal mind, localizing all wisdom, all knowledge, all thought, and all inspiration. It is the infinite light, it is the source of truth, it is the shadow of God, it is the mirror of the World, and it is everything.

What is the Abyss? asked the sage.
The stars answered: It is the Dark Water in which the World is swimming, and which encircles it; it is the fathomless dreamscape, it is the source of imagination, it is the fountain of creation, it is the shadow of the World, it is the mirror of Heaven, and it is nothing.

What is the Moon? asked the adept.
The stars answered: The Moon is the name that men give to Heaven's Heart, the Eye of God, the Celestial Window, the Lamp of Truth, the Seat of SA'I, which appears above us when the Universal Intellect is in confluence, and when it is right to consider the Truth.

What is SA'I? asked the master.
The stars answered: SA'I are the sacred syllables that guard the secret name of the Queen of Heaven. When you learn this name, you will divine all things, and you will be as a god.




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[This book, which appears in the library of the Blind Eye establishment, has appended to it another work, unmarked save for a lunar symbol on its cover ...]
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[No longer confined to a single library, pages of this book, cheaply reprinted, appear here and there across the City ...]