Lord Akzasosan is delivering a formal account of events from history, and describes a visit of the emperor’s youngest son, Prince Marinsomar, to the distant palace of XhuShai, home to the young barbarian ruler of the Eastern Lands, the Zulor E-Tzhi…

…‘For several weeks, the emperor’s son, Prince Marinsomar, was a guest under DuzakGar. He slept in the palace of XhuShai, and he wrote to his honoured father that every night he fell asleep to the music of nightingales. E-Tzhi greeted him with due respect: each day, E-Tzhi would meet with Marinsomar, and they would discuss matters relating to the Pure Empire, and in particular to the philosophy and practice of the Way.

Marinsomar wrote to his father that the Zulor has an extremely quick intelligence, was remarkable in his growing mastery of the MidImperial tongue, and seemed curious about many aspects of the empire. For several weeks, the letters flowed from DrezDeq, and the immortal emperor was pleased with the success of the policy of the Extended Hand, and proud of his son. For several weeks, there was nothing in Marinsomar’s communications to trouble Moin-so-zhure II, or to make him doubt that the subtle Way was leading them towards a more unified realisation of itself. He smiled at the vivid description Marinsomar gave of the Zulor’s laugh, its curious pitch and the way it stopped abruptly “like a horse being struck by lightning”. For several weeks, Moin read the letters avidly, fascinated by the Zulor’s naive, cryptic remarks as reported by his son: “But is not one of my thoughts greater than the world?”, “I don’t like it when people are breathing in the same room as my Love”, and “I have a god that I keep in my head”. For several weeks, Moin II shared parts of the letters from his son with the MarZom, the Marks to whom he turned for guidance, and whom he guided. For several weeks, the Way seemed unclouded. But then the first clouds appeared. Because then, the letters stopped.’

Excerpt from Stories in the Falling Snow, Volume 3 of Dustless

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