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In the name of the great King of Kings, Giwabi (forever may he live!) whose face is painted with sword, who is the son of Giwoke, and the Blessed and Beloved of Ankai, and who rules the First City of Ado and all the other great many lands within the Kingdom of Giwabi, I, Uklonko, son of Olwo and scribe to King Giwabi, do record the Beginnings of Time upon these tablets.

Where once the entire world was as one perfect piece, it was entirely smooth and flat like a stone in the bottom of the river. But the perfection of the one Stone that was the entirety of creation was not to last forever, and after some time there emerged giant cockroaches from the darkness of the void. The cockroaches of this day are but pitiful shadows of their progenitors' horror, but like these distant relatives, the giant cockroaches that came to infest the Stone did not drink of water or feed upon root or flesh; their unholy bodies were sustained by rot itself, and they fed upon the decay that they brought forth.

These cockroaches rampaged across the Stone, and in the wake of their thunderous footsteps were carved all of the canyons, mountains, hills, and lastly the basins. But in carving the greatest of these basins did the roaches create their own downfall, for in their fury they sundered the seal between what was Below and Above. From the ground there burst forth great springs, and the water of these wells was pure and without end. So it drowned the most cockroaches as it flooded the Stone's lands and created the oceans, and what was left of the cockroaches scattered. From their drowned remains came forth all manner of monsters and demons, and from the degenerate survivors were bred all the vermin that still curse the land to this day: flies, mosquitoes, wasps, rats, centipedes, and those smaller cockroaches of these days. But among them are not the spiders or scorpions, for those are of nobler sort and have other births that shall not be detailed yet.

Thus were the lands in the beginning of time shaped to be as we know them today, perhaps one hundred-hundred-hundred days and nights ago, for these times predated the sun and moon which are both known to be only ninety and three hundred-hundreds of days old.
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The First Tablet of His Prophet
Who is called the most beneficent
Who is Uhulmikown


This is the great speech of he who has seen everything. He will teach you all about He who has experienced all things, for his eyes have been set ablaze and he has realised the entirety of knowledge. He witnessed the Secret of Secrets, discovered that which is Hidden below the Hidden, and has brought forth from the Darkness Beyond Sight all things. This is so that the Truth may be known and the terror of that which lies beyond the Darkness Beyond Sight may not hurt your heart. To bring about the rule of righteousness in the land, to destroy wickedness and all evil; so that the strong should not harm the weak and so that He who has brought forth all things may rule forever over the feather-headed people and bring enlightenment to the land, and that Ado which is the First and the Last may be eternally sanctified and made holier-than-holy and the light-of-lights and the highest-of-highs. Let this be declared with all of creation as a witness, and let even the great Fog-Serpent of the Blue Eyes bear witness also, for it shall be written on the great tablet of lapis lazuli when He is King.

The most beneficent one, who is Uhulmikown, did speak with Him in the Darkness Beyond Sight, and he questioned Him about the beginning of all things. He, who is Eokihiltchin, spoke thus upon the most beneficent Uhulmikown:

In those times no name had been announced, neither 'heaven!' had been voiced nor 'earth!' named. Before the 'harvest' was known, before the 'corn-field', before 'reeds' and 'marshes', before the great opening up of the waters; and even before the gods were each of them named. For the great race of the gods, who are the Inwhniwt but were not then so, had not any of them been fashioned, not one, and nothing was known of greenery or of trees or of grain or of the god of grain, and nothing was known of Man for the gods had not come into being and brought Man into being, and nothing was known of the great temples which would be built in honour of the gods. And no one was yet called by name and neither destiny nor fate were fixed. Neither had a ewe bleated nor had a lamb from the innards of its mother dropped, and there were no flocks and no shepherds and no herds and no herders.

The great GodKing had not yet been named and the crown of authority - the glorious feathered and horned tiara - did not yet rest upon his brow. The sun had not been named and shone with no great radiance. The moon had not been named and did not light up the darkness of night. The stars had not been named and did not twinkle in the tapestry of heaven, and heaven itself, and earth, had no name. And even Ado, and even Giwabi the Kingdom, were not so much as a whisper or a thought.

In that time was only He, who is Eokihiltchin, who is the great progenitor and father; and She, who is Bihmat-Iyan-'Uk, who is the great Fog-Serpent of the Blue Eyes, who is the chaos of the sea and the great terror, who is the great deliverer and mother. And He, who is Eokihiltchin, and She, who is Bihmat-Iyan-'Uk, did their waters mingle; and in their midst did the gods all come to have names and did they come to be when they had before been as naught.

First was the forest-eyed goddess on whose brow rests the eternal bush fire and whose cry is love and war, and who is Eitwylsihder. And with her came the one whose tongue is a mountain and whose voice is thunder, whose eyes are lightning and whose shoulders bear the world-burden, who is Tkol-Iraemus. And their name was caused to shine, and they grew in stature and power and authority and strength, and they were made in all ways glorious. And then there came others, Tixezomox of the teponaztli and of the ayotl and of the huehuetl and of the huilacapitztli and of the tecciztli, and Hwe-Mectl who is the light in every darkness, and others yet, the four - Kixaworu, Ivimigidokil, Beraril, Trwikiyum. And their days were long and many, and they all were made great and glorious.

And of the seed of Tixezomox of the sonorous sounds and the radiant Hwe-Mectl was Cuaxiplli, and he was crafted in the image of his father and was mightier yet. And of Cuaxippli emerged Hatatu and Xukutu, the sacred sisters who in unity are mightier yet even than he who begat them, and though they were of a womanly form were they crafted in their father's image and were they strong of limb and broad of chest and shoulder, and wiser yet and of sense acute, and they perceived that they had amongst their forebears no rivals.

And they banded, all of them together - Tixezomox and Hwe-Mectl and Kixaworu and Ivimigidokil and Beraril and Trwikiyumand and Cuaxiplli and Hatatu and Xukutu; but not Eitwylsihder of the forest-eyes and Tkol-Iraemus of the mountain-tongue -, and sought to pierce the divine womb of their great deliverer and mother, who is Bihmat-Iyan-'Uk, who is the great Fog-Serpent of the Blue Eyes, who is the chaos of the sea and the great terror; and sought also the crown of their great progenitor and father, who is Eokihiltchin. And this their movement and noise, and this their thanklessness, vexed and distressed Her much. And though they caused their mother pain and grief - was She not yet their mother, and Her heart unendingly loving? - She forebore and was patient and shed Her tears in silence.

But He, who is Eokihiltchin, saw the pain of She, who is Bihmat-Iyan-'Uk, who is His spouse, and was much angered and waxed wroth. And He brought Himself before She who is the great Fog-Serpent of the Blue Eyes, and He commanded the gods keep silent and be humble, and He commanded they sanctify their great mother and fall before Her and grow regretful of all the pain and grief they caused. But they heard Him little and did Bihmat-Iyan-'Uk keep Her patient and tearful silence. And these acts of heinous rebellion which the gods committed only caused the wrath of Him, who is Eokihiltchin, to grow greater.

And so He, who is the great sire and progenitor of the gods, summoned forth His spear Indiliballi and called upon Her, who is Bihmat-Iyan-'Uk, and His word was thus: "Bihmat-Iyan-'Uk, come forth and bare the terrible fang and let shine the horror of Your eyes, which are lapis lazuli. For these ones here, who are called the Inwhniwt and came forth from Us, are a wicked lot and have brought pain to Us and wakefulness. By day You weep and by Your weeping am I brought to grief, and by night You are sleepless and sighing, and so I too am sleepless and sigh. Come, let Us put them to an end that silence may reign once more and that We may rest once more and sleep, and that grief may depart from Your heart and Mine forevermore."

But She, who is Bihmat-Iyan-'Uk, who is the great deliverer and mother, was afflicted by anguish and distress at this and besought Him, who is Eokihiltchin, to do no such thing, and She spoke thus: "Shall We, who are mother and father to all, put an end to what We together named and brought into being and pained over? Their acts may cause Us grief, and their rebelliousness may pain Us but We should bear it in good part as all parents must with their progeny."

And there emerged then Eitwylsihder of the forest-eyes and Tkol-Iraemus of the mountain-tongue, who had heard all that their begetters had said. And Tkol-Iraemus, whose great tongue dragged behind him as he strode forth, spoke with his great resounding voice. And his words were thus: "Count us not of that rebel race, the Inwhniwt, but count us of those who are faithful and true." And they sat at the feet of their begetters, and they were silent and prepared.

And so He, who is Eokihiltchin, held back His spear, which is Indiliballi, and He went to rest.

In their wisdom waiting, ingenious and resourceful, the sacred sisters Hatatu and Xukutu were aware of all, discerned that He, who is Eokihiltchin, was asleep. And so they gathered together, and they brought all the others, and they fashioned it, established it; the first and greatest of schemes, the treasonous plot that taught treachery and made it law. They made it artful, mixing with it great magick and terrible auras. They all, together, recited it and brought Him, who is Eokihiltchin, to rest in the waters. They put him in a slumber far deeper, caused Him to sleep completely, drenching Him in drowsiness whose terrible spear was far. Eitwylsihder of the forest-eyes and Tkol-Iraemus of the mountain-tongue were set upon also, caught and tied and felled - but a killing blow was not struck.

And they untied the great red sash of He, who is Eokihiltchin, stripped off His crown of authority - the glorious feathered and horned tiara. And they took His great aura, and the sacred sisters donned it and became one, and they were called Giwabi the First GodKing. And they tied Him, who is Eokihiltchin, and killed Him and made of His great body the earth; of the tongue of the tied and bound Tkol-Iraemus they made the mountains and forced him to carry his father's great body, and he was imprisoned and bound with great bands. But Eitwylsihder of the forest-eyes escaped to her mother, who is Bihmat-Iyan-'Uk, and together they fled into the Darkness Beyond Sight. And they took with them the great soul of He, who is Eokihiltchin, for His word would be heard even through the Darkness Beyond Sight.

Thus spake He, who is Eokihiltchin, to the most beneficent Uhulmikown, that all may know Truth and may come to know to whom belongs the power and the crown and the authority, and who is the true once and future King.

This is the word which is Truth, brought forth that your heart may know peace and be called to the true prosperity. The most beneficent, who is Uhulmikown, sends praises upon He, who is Eokihilitchin, who shall before long return for the final vanquishment of the usurper GodKing who is called Giwabi, and who shall cause the throne of Giwabi the Kingdom to be taken from the one who is Giwabi the King. To bring about the rule of righteousness in the land, to destroy wickedness and all evil; so that the strong should not harm the weak.
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To the Captain of the Guard, a missive from Uklonko, personal scribe of Giwabi:

By decree of the majestic King Giwabi (forever may he live!) who is merciful to all his true subjects and yet terrible to all his enemies, the warlock called Uhulmikown is proclaimed an infidel and traitor. As prescribed by the holy texts, he shall be arrested and condemned to the scorpion pits that their venom may cleanse the evil from his blood. His family compound is to be seized as well, and all those within shall be put to justice too. For one pound of silver his daughters and nieces may be spared, but all others are to put to the scourge and then brined; should they survive for three days following the lashing, they are to be brought to the markets and sold. King Giwabi is charitable, so let any such profits from their sale go towards alms for the poor.
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from The Tablets of 'Amkula Bujunda

The Tablet that Shall Be Forgotten


This is the tablet of which shall be said when the question is asked: "Where didst thou hear that?" and shall the response be, "It is written on the Tablet that Shall Be Forgotten." This is the record of which shall be asked: "Is this the truth?" and shall the answer come: "The Truth is from He who has experienced all things, so let him who will believe in it do so and let those who will disbelieve do so - for He is all aware and watches."

Of the Miracle at the Home of the Most Beneficent, who is Uhulmikown, let this be known: it was a night of divine fury and rage, and the hand of He, who is Eokihilitchin, was seen to reach even through the Darkness Beyond Sight. And even the claw of Giwabi, who is called the First GodKing, was struck low. He, who is King-in-Truth, protects his glorifiers. He, who is Eokihilitchin, watches and prepares. ...
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Captain of the Guard Shagal Ikondu's Report Regarding the Decree of the Majestic King (may he reign a hundred-hundred lifetimes) on Uhulmikown the Warlock


Troops moved in after sunset. The compound was encircled and all its inhabitants ordered to come out in peace. No one emerged. Troops were ordered to seize the compound and pacify all occupants. The warlock was not found. Only women and children were present. They ransomed themselves with one pound of silver. We have deemed it necessary that their release be postponed until such a time that orders from above descend regarding their ultimate fate. One man, a son-in-law of the warlock, was also seized. He was thrown into the the scorpion pit when the sun was highest in the sky. The search for the warlock and his associates continues. The city has been locked down.
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A Proclamation to All Subjects of the great King Giwabi (forever may he live!)
as written by his scribe, Uklonko


Let it be known that the recent tales of rampant banditry in the eastern reaches of His realm are confirmed, and the barbarian despoilers reported as hailing from the roving marauder tribes of the northern desert expanses. In like form to the vultures that they share their desolate lands with, the Hwarbe tribes and their raiders are remorseless animals bereft of shame. Fear not for your safety, for such beasts are as nothing before the disciplined men who guard Giwabi's lands. Let it be known that within the fortnight, Giwabi himself, our Divine Ruler in the flesh, shall lead a host to patrol the northern border!

As the search continues for the traitor Uhulmikown and those others in his coven, the city and its surrounding area shall remain under tight control. As Giwabi's soldiers must defend the realm, the great King now rests the mantle of responsibility upon the militia commanders. The search is to continue, and rewards of silver and ivory have been posted for any information leading to the capture of more traitors and warlocks.
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from The Tablets of 'Amkula Bujunda

The Tablet that Shall Be Forgotten


...Wise beyond words, beyond human years knowledgeable, the Most Beneficent - who is Uhulmikown - walked the ways of sun and moon and whispered in the darkness and whispered in the light for forty days and forty nights. In his heart was no despair, though they who were most beloved to him were in the grasp of the Enemy. Faithful and seeing, in his certainty strengthened, of his victory sure, he who is the Most Beneficent walked the forty moons and forty suns until, hailing the Northerly Gale, there manifested before him a host ten hundred strong.

Ask not: 'wherefrom didst they emerge?' Do not questioning say: 'what foulest magick, from what dark abyss of the deathlands, what scorpion-born horrors were they?' Do not exhort or catechise with such empty words as: 'on horseback were they - or horsemen were they - or was it the great black bull or that of the great one horn that was their steed? Or horror greater, was it the wing-eared greyness of the great snake nose?' Aye, ask not - know only that the Darkness Beyond Sight trembled and shimmered when they came. Know that the Northerly Gale carried them. Know that He, who is Eokihiltchin, who is the great progenitor and father, and She, who is Bihmat-Iyan-'Uk, who is the great Fog-Serpent of the Blue Eyes, who is the chaos of the sea and the great terror, who is the great deliverer and mother, blessed and ordained them and built them from might and struck them from stone and made their voices of thunder and the glint of their eyes of lightning.

'Hail!' Spoke the Most Beneficent, and their counter-greeting was the grating of the heavens against the cliff of the world. And under the twin-stars of the Holy Month When No Blood Must Be Shed were that hallowed host to greet with death Giwabi the King and with the crushing fist of abolishment salute Giwabi the Kingdom, and were they to hail with the voice of eternal forgetting the treachery that is Giwabi the GodKing. Thus shall it be written after a time in the Tablets of 'Amkula Bujunda. ...
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Engraved upon a stone stele, at the oasis of Prophet's Retreat


Thrice here by these sweet waters did rest he who was called Giwabi: first alongside his great host on the eve before he did battle, then amongst the survivors of that terrible din as they were scattered back to their homeland as leaves flying in the wake of the thunder, and last not as a king (as he had been in one life) but as a blind and weathered hermit in his final life with sand-dry skin skin burnt brown like mud bricks left in the sun.

The first time that he knelt in the shade of the palms besides the spring, he drank deeply, and recognizing the divinity of this place from the purity of its waters, prayed to the spirits: 'Let the trouble I wear upon my brow fade, and roll off like beads of sweat. Let my head stand tall, my chest broad and mighty, my arms and hands be true. Let the warriors look to me and see the glory and might that can be theirs if only they seize it, and let me guide these many-hundred to victory over the sorcerers and outlaws. Let the feral beasts who drain the life of this corner of my endless kingdom, they who defy their master as savage dogs who harry their own shepherd, let them perish by our hands!'

But only a great gust of wind answered him then, and it blew sand into the great king's ears and dust into the pure water that held his reflection. And then the brash king realized that no god could 'let him' have his victory on a whim -- victory was his to fight for, and the fight would be his to endure. Nothing worthwhile was claimed without a hardfought struggle.

And in that spirit, thinking a battle inevitable and that it would be only by force of will and might of arm that he could attain victory, he did not speak -- such words were but the dust on the wind, worth less even than prayer. When he drew up his lines of men and met the ranks of the one called Uhulmikown, he answered his enemy's hail not with negotiation but with a raised spear and a roar that ordered a charge.
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'Wherefore! Ah, wherefore!
Wherefore hast thou abandoned me?'
Cried the King Giwabi on the Field of Martyr's Doom.

Mighty in the fray
Oh that great Giwabi he was
Smote all that stood about him, for he was Martyrs' Doom!

Blood that day he reaped
Full russet bloomed the well-supped earth
For his spear scattered far all that blood of Martyr's Doom!

Thunderous were his strikes
In that fray a surge of lightning;
Was he man or was he god that pledged all Martyrs' Doom?

Tempest untiring
Cyclone of slaughter and chaos
Ceaseless in the onslaught as he doled out Martyr's Doom!

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From the Tales of the Old Kingdom


...and in those ancient years, those distant days
when the first bricks were burnt, the first ovens lit,
when the Moon had no mars yet upon His face
upon a throne of bone and gold did King Giwabi sit.

And from there did he raise his mighty hand,
and through all the days, his violence raged.
Giwabi conquered every tribe and people across the great sand,
for even through all the nights, his violence raged.

But he was not loved! For he was half god
and only half man, with a heart of stone.
Those who beheld him were constantly awed,
all but Uhulmikown -- who coveted the throne...

...and Uhulmikown shouted out Giwabi was no part god,
and with spear and shield made him no more a king!
The Old Ways were smote down by the usurper and outlawed
and exiled deep into the desert, the first king.
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