Cruel Carrion Carries On Thursday, Jun 3 2010 

Quoth the beastly bird: “Aye, what do you bring me Charon? Is’t a morsel, snack, or feast? Shall I at long last have meat? You pass me by too quickly each time and I have not touched your cargo for these thousand years. I have only bones to gnaw on.”

“Nay, foul carrion,” said Farin, in Charon’s stead. “Your master’s hand has no food, for I am still living.”

And the bird did wail and lament: “Oh, Charon, hand him over.”

Charon said, “He is not mine, else I would give him,” and rowed forth, the long sinews of his arms tugging at the oars.

But Underworld’s great bird was not to be dissuaded. It haunched high up on its iron legs. Its wings spread wide, and Farin saw that they were naked and ugly.

“Come not between the Carrion and her prey!”

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The River Runs Tuesday, Jun 1 2010 

Lands unknown, lands forsworn, passed by unseen along each side of the black Charon river. Underworld’s roof signs of wear. When Farin looked up he could see starlight peeping through the cracks to Overland. Night had fallen.

The Charon reached an island and rushed around it. A mighty, beastly bird rose up from the island and spread wings that were so broad, they could have crushed a bear.

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.