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the chosen prophet

[Multiple Locks]

[Locked to Wanderers]

You don't know me, and you have no reason to believe me. I'm just one man, with my beliefs and a few like-minded individuals, but this is something which concerns you all. It's my earnest hope that you'll give me a few minutes of your time, to read my words and to consider them.

Listen:

This was not an accident. Your presence here, the gifts you've received... None of these happened by chance.

Every universe that ever was or could be is affected by the Rift. From every possible world, you've been brought, and you've been changed. I believe there is a consciousness in the Rift, a purpose, and each and every one of you has a part to play in that grand design.

Look at the gifts you've been given, the abilities you never had before. Look around at those who have come with you, the warriors and healers and men of wisdom. How can you think this was an accident?

You were chosen. You are special. You are holy. You belong here.

You are the hope of this world. I most sincerely believe that.

As for myself... I have a deeper understanding of the Rift than most, but other than that, what matters is the message, not the messenger. I'm here to act as a guide, to help where I can.

To that end, I and several others have established another shelter for all those that have come through the Rift, independent of political affiliation, outside the wars of angels and demons. We offer shelter, food, and clothing for those who need it.

I don't ask for your belief -- only those who lack conviction in their own creed make aid contingent on acceptance of it. All I ask is that you listen, consider my words, and do as your heart dictates. We want nothing more than to help you, and to guide you, but it's not my place to force either upon you.

If you have need, or even if you're merely curious, you're welcome to visit us.

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[Locked to Elashte]

It seems I've arrived.

You've done quite well for yourself here, you know.

Comments

[locked]

Okay, but you've been saying you don't know what that greater pattern is. Have you considered that it may not be specifically beneficent or even benign? Even assuming that we can go on a teleological field day with the old Rift, I know of a few wanderers who could, say, rip the damn thing open and start a cascade that'd make it grow to cover the planet. Which, if the Rift is a living thing in its own right, I imagine would make it very happy in terms of survival because there's nothing to say it needs a functioning ecosystem to feed on, while anyone who was invested in having the Earth support life would be SOL. And it's not like it hasn't done things like start earthquakes, kill a bunch of people, and dump plague-ridden corpses through. Even alongside the smaller annoyances like deliberately removing people from things they might need or their own better qualities.

Plans are all well and good, but the fact that it's got an agenda no one can put a name to isn't reassuring to my mind, especially when it involves psychopaths, plagues, and a mastermind which does its damnedest to ruin the lives of the people it pulls through.

[locked]

All excellent points, and all I can say to that is that there lies the difference between fact and faith. The facts show both good and ill that have resulted from Rift activity. But it's my faith that tells me that the greater plan is an ultimately beneficial one.

Thanks in part to Riftcomers and the Rift itself, we're seeing a time of attempted peace between angels and demons, in which both sides are learning to listen more to reason than to biological urges. The plague which caused so much pain and suffering resulted in the bonding of a Guardian Angel to a Neqa'el, something which, to the best of my knowledge, has never before occurred.

Too much is in flux right now for there to be any certainty. But I find certain things curious: the Rift in Rome, where, for much of the archaic period, Janus was the supereme god, until Jupiter took his place. Janus, the god who presided over doorways and gates, watched over transitions, even from one universe to another, who saw backwards and forwards in time... And although I have no definitive proof to tie Janus to the Rift, I have enough circumstantial evidence to confirm my own faith.

As far as what the Romans themselves thought of him:
Divom empta cante, divom deo supplicate,
omina vero
adpatula coemise lani cusianes :
duonus cerus es, duonus Ianus.

That, at least, reassures me. If the ancients held a god that could well be an embodiment of the Rift as the god of gods, a source of goodness and a father figure, I feel as if I might be on to something. However, again, this is all circumstantial.

The Great Purpose, however it unfolds, takes a far longer view than we do, be we human, angel, demon, or nephilim, and I've already accepted that we won't see an end result within my lifetime, not that this is saying much. But I've seen enough to give me hope.

Any comfort I can offer must seem empty, and for that, I apologise. But all I or anyone can do is to hold fast to the good, and encourage greater understanding and tolerance between species, and between natives to this world and Riftcomers, and to give a place to those who want or need one.

Better to try and do good where we can, I think.