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#1
12 Jun 2019 00:41
 
 
On coming Friday at 20:00 EET, stage of Shadowkeep's Conservatorium will
receive a special guest, an old sage of the West. He will retell the old
Desolathyan legend about three kings and the oracle who was never wrong.
Come to hear this ancient story which has served as a cautionary tale for many
past generations. Also featuring: Refreshements! Snacks! A thousand elephants!

 
 
 
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#2
14 Jun 2019 22:03
 
 
Reviews are in and they are glowing!

"Great epic."
-Banba, 'Arelium Daily'

"Very nice."
-Yar, 'Shadowkeep Evening Post'

"Mighty piece of storytelling."
-Mulam, 'Laenor Bugle'

"Overlong special effects romp even Michael Bay would be embarrassed of"
-Spearhead, 'Dortlewall Enquirer'

Here is the tale in prose form for those who missed the live performance:
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An old man in grey robe calmly steps on the stage. He gazes the audience and
begins to speak in deep voice.

"Welcome, dear audience. Tonight we shall fly on wings of time, to listen a
tale from ancient times, when what we now know as Desolathya was
called Ir'idie, and the Exiles had not yet arrived from the lands now under the
seas.

At that time, there was a young king called Kronus. He had just been crowned a
High King of the largest kingdom of Ir'idie. But he was
an inexperienced youth and times were troubling. Goblins were raiding the
borders, enemies of the Crown were on the move, and there
were whispers of rebellion in the provinces. Kronus was worried about the
future of the kingdom. He thought long and hard and eventually
decided to travel to meet famous Oracle of Suzume, of whom it was said that he
was always correct in his predictions.

"O venerable Oracle" said young king Kronus, "It is said you are always
correct. But what can you tell about my future? I am young and
inexperienced about the matters of state. Times are troubling, and there are
whispers of rebellion in the provinces. What road should
I take to rule wisely? Will I see the kingdom fall in my lifetime?"

Oracle fixed a steady gaze on the young king and said calmly: "O High King
Kronus, your kingdom will not fall in your lifetime."
And he said no more. King Kronus thought long and hard about this answer and
finally said: "That is good. That means that I must live a
life of moderation and stay healthy, and rule justly and not make unnecessary
enemies. That way I will live as long life as
possible, and that will ensure that the kingdom stays as well." King Kronus
thanked the Oracle, and he went and lived a long, healthy life
and his rule was just. And finally he died after a long reign and the kingdom
still stood.

And all the people saw that the Oracle had been correct once again.

After Kronus died, his son, Kronin, was crowned King. Like his father before
him, he also travelled to meet the Oracle of Suzume.
"O venerable Oracle" said new king Kronin, "It is said you are always correct.
My father has passed and I am troubled about how I can follow
after such an illustrious rule. I am inexperienced in matters of state. What
road should I take? Will I see the kingdom fall in my lifetime?"

Oracle fixed a steady gaze on the king and said calmly: "O High King Kronin,
your kingdom will not fall in your lifetime." And he said no more.
King Kronin thought long about this answer and finally said: "That is good."
And he thanked the Oracle, lived and ruled, and after he died, the
kingdom still stood.

And all the people saw that the Oracle had been correct once again.

After Kronin died, his son, Kronon, was crowned King. Like his father and
grandfather before him, he also travelled to meet the Oracle of Suzume.
"O venerable Oracle" said new king Kronon, "It is said you are always correct.
My father has passed and I am troubled about how can I follow after
illustrious reigns of my father and grandfather. I am inexperienced in matters
of state. Will I see the kingdom fall in my lifetime?"

Oracle fixed a steady gaze on the king and said calmly: "O High King Kronon,
your kingdom will not fall in your lifetime." And he said no more.
King Kronon thought long about this answer and finally said: "That is good."
And then he said: "For that I am going to hold a party!"

And then Kronon held a huge festival to celebrate Oracle's prediction. He
ordered best cooks of the realm to prepare dozens of courses,
each more elaborate and refined than the last. He filled his palace with
jesters, magicians, singers, dancers, prize fighters and freaks.
Streets were paraded by soldiers, men-at-arms, exotic beasts and a thousand
elephants. He brought the finest wines of the land,
intoxicating powders from the alchemists, and when the night fell, the king and
his guests were entertained in all manner of carnal pleasures.

And when the festival was over, he held another, even larger celebration, in
honour of his father. And after that was concluded, he held another
in honour of his grandfather. And after that he held another simply because he
could.
King's councillers became worried about the enormous spending and dwindling
Treasury, but Kronon reminded them that the Oracle had predicted
that the kingdom would not fall in his lifetime, so there was nothing to worry
about, because Oracle was always correct. And ordered them to raise
taxes to finance his latest festival.

And King's parties became ever more luxurious, his taste for exotic foods and
amusements more expensive, wines stronger, alchemical powders
more intoxicating and nightly pleasures of flesh more bizarre and elaborate.
And finally, King Kronon's beleaguered heart said 'No more!' and
gave up beating, and at the conclusion of a mighty gorging session, King fell
to ground, dead.

And because King Kronon had spent all his time partying and drinking and
eating, he had no consort and left no heir. People resented high
taxes Kronon had set, enemies of the Crown rose in unison, provinces rebelled
and not long after Kronon had died, Kingdom was no more.

And all the people saw that the Oracle had been correct once again.

 
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