The Stranger lost his temper for a while. He ordered his
sublings to seize the mortals and bring them to a safer - from his
viewpoint - place. That disturbed the world too much; what was worse,
he completely lost contact with them. His spiritual
manifestations wandered around the Realm, listening for the cleric
presence. If they are alive, they will be found and he will remind
them of his threat. Stranger laughed; the throne room he was
sitting in trembled. But he was perfectly calm and joyous now.
7. The eternal forest
The mortals considered him to be a merciless, powerful creature.
He was not evil, of course. He had lost his place in the Universe,
and deserved to get the position back.
If they were dead, well, too bad. He would have to find another
judge. If they were alive, they would obey him. He knew they feared
for their races... and the fear sometimes persuaded better than
After all, he was not a violent being. The circumstances make him
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