Way of the Wicked: Revenge of the Forsaken
The Lord-Abbot's Journal
The journal of Earnan MacCathlain, the mortal leader of the Order of Saint Macarius
With the death of the Phoenix, the blessed Ara
Mathra has retreated to the Holiest of Holies and
has called forth a conflagration no mortal nor devil
nor even angel can cross. I know some of the men
believe that this reveals him a coward. But I know
the truth. He must survive or all is lost.
If even one of the three sacred flames survive,
then all can be rekindled. The Order of St. Macarius
will weather this storm and emerge all the
stronger for it.
No one suffers more than he. I see this. He agonizes
that he must remain here and guard the Undying
Flame. Cowardice? Hah! Who amongst us
is strong enough to do what he does now? It would
be base anger that drives him to slay the evil doers
that assault us. Instead he has taken the victory
from them. They cannot win. The slaughter of
Saintsbridge has earned them nothing but damnation.
Only a saint could pierce the flame!
I’ve tarried here too long. I must return to my
prayers. Soon the ghost-martyrs will rise I will
take back Valtaerna. Beware sons and daughters
of darkness, I come for you!