And of the Dragon:
In the North, in the House of the Father of Many Princes, the Flood had become a sea which lapped against their southern shores. Their cousins in the West had already been imprisoned in their own storehouses by that sea, forced to build homes on high hills, where they became isolated.
And the prophet who incited the Tyeni flood, in the voice of Imbahn, he was not present in the Hall of the House of Kin when his actions were first discussed there.
Kvaell’alan, Vel’adyr, the Reaping Prophet, was summoned from Amaranth to the House, and the situation was explained to him.
“Some of our kin do move amongst the Tyeni,” said the winged children there, “and have incited a movement of fire. We fear the outcome, that this feast should leave a bitter taste in our mouths.”
“Then disown them,” replied the reaping prophet, “and let the consequences eat themselves.”
“It cannot be done. Others have left this place for the House of the Father of Many Princes; they spoke of Elbeht-Il breaking the Second Commandment, and spoke that they would break it also and the two sins would thus eat themselves. But fear we that all the breaking would bring another wrath, as the Eye.”
“Then I will go and speak with them, our kin, in both the North and the South. I will take with me the Words of Balm, first, but if that does not work, then I will return to fetch the West Wind.”
“Then go, but know that they are not only children, but elders also.”
Hearing this, the Reaping Prophet felt the fear-wind brush his cheek, but left anyway.
He first went to the House of the Father of Rocks, to [M], and on the way he passed over, by wing, the waters of the Flood, which were now over the heads of walking men, and the waters were no longer clean and blue, but a hot black, like tar, ready to be ignited. Grimly, sayeth the Prophet:
from which black lung did you come?
From no well,
from no Tye,
from no Old God.
but from a black cloud?
As black as mine is red;
from a singular suffering pours a multitude.
Surely there was a breaking of a commandment.
Thus, knowing for what he was looking, Vel’adyr landed in [H], upon the rock, and searched it. Though he found many children of Tye walking on it, only one had a black mist which poured from his nostrils and re-entered his mouth whenever he breathed. The cloud was invisible, and only the Reaping Prophet could see it.
He did not ask Elbeht-Il why he had provoked the flood, because he already knew; the children of Vampyre should not waste time relearning what they already know.
“You and your clan must leave, so the Flood can recede in a natural way,”
Elbeht-Il, seeing the diamond in the Reaping Prophet’s brow, replied, “Make one for me as well, and I will do as you asked.”
“It cannot be done.”
“Then I will make my own out of this rock that we stand on. Leave me be.”
Having no other recourse, the prophet left [H] for the North.