Charon’s Conversation Sunday, May 30 2010 

And Charon raised a voice of sand and said,

“How deep? Shall I peel back the skin of ugliness for you, and plunge you into the heart of its fruit? Show you heathen men? Show you machinations? The hearts of all are dark in this place and God is not with us. What would you see, fair youth? I can reveal the adulteress and the liar, the depressed and the mortally proud, the unnatural fruits of false religion, the stench of men who love each other as they should love woman, the sacrifices made to idols – the idols themselves, for they burn -, men who prayed to stars and to themselves…”

Farin said, “I seek the way to the witch’s keep,” and thus Charon saw the sword of Rosgaliant.

“Aye, for what purpose, worship or slander?”

“Neither, for neither will be holy.”

“Then do you lust her?”

“As I lust for fire and brimstone; that is to say, naught.”

“Seek you -”

“- the means by which, old sailor, I may free the city of Overland from the drought to which she has accursed it.”

“Aye. Many enter by my way.”

“But I am not dead, and by grace-mercy, cannot die.”

And Farin joined Charon in his boat, and the current accelerated into a swift stream.

Pleading the Path Wednesday, May 26 2010 

Now God, who had sent down Lilith from her holy realm, saw the path that lay before the triad and took keen interest in Farin; for Lilith’s works were great and deserving of merit. The saints gathered and as one peaked down into the lower places; and they saw that good Sir Farin had met but a little company, of hell’s vast sea of sinners, and that snares lay in wait for him.

And the saints urged God to lift the curse that lay upon the city for which Farin so toiled; and as we have heard, God said that he would impart grace to the city through no lesser man than Farin of Rosgaliant, and so God would abolish the curse of famine and drought.

And we see that Farin knew God and took light into the depths, and the light saved the city, and Farin’s hands were thus made pure.

The triad arrived at the river Charon which passed down into the Underlying Sea. And here Maroph left Farin’s company, and returned to sleep beneath the Underworld; and Farin assayed the keeper of the boat, whiles Lilith slept at his breast and dared not to wake for a time: for the far side of Underworld’s river was an ugly place unfit for her virgin eyes.