Wisdom of Ashael (ix)

Wisdom of Ashael (ix)

I have known many who have believed that beasts are neither good nor evil; that they only do that which nature demands from their birth. For some, perhaps that is true, but it is not for all, for beasts also choose to whom they will list. Some are drawn to those who...
Wisdom of Ashael (viii)

Wisdom of Ashael (viii)

Does power corrupt, or are the corrupted drawn to power? Even those who reach the world’s seats of influence may not be able to tell. For the lies they must tell themselves as they seek the acceptance of their subjects hides the truth from even their own souls. From...
Wisdom of Ashael (vii)

Wisdom of Ashael (vii)

Few walk knowingly on evil roads. For such paths are strewn with colour and laughter that call enticingly, deceiving even the cautious. It is only when despair’s pit has ultimately grasped a soul irreversibly within its hold that the man or woman finally understands...
Wisdom of Ashael (vi)

Wisdom of Ashael (vi)

There may come into a man’s life a time when his travails take him beyond despair, into a world past feeling where the numbness of his soul seeks oblivion. It is at these times that his courage requires him only to take one step after another, or if even that is too...
Wisdom of Ashael (v)

Wisdom of Ashael (v)

Birth may be feared for the treacherous path it treads. It may be railed against for the pain it causes. Or it may be praised for what it brings forth. Often it will be feared, and railed against, and praised, all at once, as the miracle of new life reaches for its...
Fantasy: It’s Capacity, My Salvation

Fantasy: It’s Capacity, My Salvation

“Do not forget whom to fear at last. I have had to be content with killing and torment. But now my plans are laid, and I have begun. I shall not rest until I have eradicated hope from the Earth. Think on that, and be dismayed!” (Stephen R Donaldson, Lord Foul’s Bane)...