Excerpt from Valdar, the Oft-Born: A Saga of Seven Ages
The question is justly asked - read on and you shall' learn the answer. And if it shall seem to you only as the telling of a strange Vision, the creation of a dreamer' S. Phantasy, well, what is that to me or to you, since I have a tale to tell, and you, perchance, are in the mood to hear it '9' And remember, too, even while you doubt, that truth ere now has often come to men in wondrous guises, and has been received or rejected according to their wisdom or their folly.
The myths of to-day were the faiths of yesterday, and the dreams of one age have been the deeds of the next. I, who write this, have seen men and women ﬂung as prey to the wild beasts of the Arena that their agonies might make a spectacle for the holiday-idlers of Imperial Rome, and I have watched other men and women writhing in the flames of the Holy Inquisition for professing that faith whose denial you hold to be a deadly sin. Need I point the moral finer? Surely not, for I ask you to hear the tale that I have to tell only with the ears of interest. This is all I am concerned with, for I am but he who tells the story, the channel through which the stream ﬂows, and whether the waters are lost in the desert sands or fertilise the fields of future harvests, matters but little to their source or the bed over which they run - so read on if you will.
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