The boy never needed, never wanted anything with his life. He is unlike "normal people." Not that he knew what his life, nor what his world really was. He couldn't see, he knew not of beauty, nor of atrocities. He couldn't hear, he knew not of spite, nor words of tongue. He needn't think much, for he knew no words or images to think with. He only knew desire, sensations, and pain. What would he do when he had the ability to see, hear, and do much more than "normal people"? Would he even understand it?
Having decided to bring out a Journal, the Editor racks his brains for a suitable name with which to christen his periodical. Friends are generally useless in an emergency of this kind; they suggest all kinds of impossible names; the following were some of the titles proposed in this instance: "Facts and Fancies," "The Cremorne," "The All Round," "The Monthly Courses," "The Devil's Own," and "Dugdale's Ghost"; the two first had certainly great attractions to our mind, but at last our own ideas have hit upon the modest little "Pearl," as more suitable, especially in the hope that when it comes under the snouts of the moral and hypocritical swine of the world, they may not trample it underfoot, and feel disposed to rend the publisher, but that a few will become subscribers on the quiet. To such better disposed piggy wiggys, I would say, for encouragement, that they have only to keep up appearances by regularly attending church, giving to charities, and always appearing deeply interested in moral philanthropy, to ensure a respectable and high moral character, and that if they only are clever enough never to be found out, they may, sub rosa, study and enjoy the philosophy of life till the end of their days, and earn a glorious and saintly epitaph on their tombstone, when at last the Devil pegs them out. Editor of the "Pearl."
The end times are coming, and something has to be done about it. The King has decided to go mad, The Lord Balthazar, and his envoys have taken it upon themselves to slaughter and slave the dwarves of the Iron foothills, and the dwarven painter Bornithl, the man who ended the war single-handedly has decided to never pick up the brush again. As his son runs away, and as the demon hordes move again, a sinister plan begins to brew, one that threatens to upset all of Volmund. _____ Also available on Royal Road, Reddit and more.
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