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By Orson Scott Card

High above the earth orbits the starship Basilica. On board the large vessel is a drowsing lady. of these who made the adventure, Shedemai by myself has survived the hundred of years because the little ones of Wetchik again to Earth.

She now wears the Cloak of the Starmaster, and the Oversoul wakes her occasionally to observe over her descendants on this planet lower than. The inhabitants has grown rapidly--there are towns and international locations now, complete peoples descended from the who Nafai or Elemak.

But in all of the lengthy years of staring at and looking, the Oversoul has now not discovered the article it sought. It has no longer discovered the Keeper of the Earth, the valuable intelligence that still can fix the Oversoul's broken programming.

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If you happen to obey me as your king, you're all Nafari, you're all Darakembi. And for those who assemble with the priest to benefit the lessons of the Keeper of Earth, you then are the saved, and this can be a topic among you and the Keeper of Earth—no mortal strength, of king or governor, of soldier or instructor, might intervene in that. nobody of any race could be saved past ten years in bondage, and all who've already served that point at the moment are staff who needs to be paid a good salary and will no longer be discharged, notwithstanding they could freely depart. All little ones born in my lands are unfastened from the instant of notion, whether the mum is a bondservant. it's a new order in my lands, and it's my plea that my humans will obey. ” The final sentence used to be the traditional formulation—all the king’s edicts have been indexed as pleas instead of instructions, for that used to be the best way Nafai had verified issues again whilst Heroes governed. This time, although, there have been many that heard his phrases with quiet rage. How dare he say that there will be no distinction among me and a digger, among me and a girl, among me and an angel, among me and a human, among me and a guy, among me and the bad, among me and the ignorant, among me and my enemies. no matter what their precious prejudice may be, they gave an outward convey of accepting Akmaro’s teachings and Motiak’s edict, yet of their hearts, of their houses, and, little by little over the arriving years, in quiet conversations with pals and acquaintances, they rejected the insanity that Akmaro and Motiak had introduced upon them. yet on the time it appeared to so much to be the dawning of a golden age, these excellent days while Akmaro was once setting up homes of the stored, to be tended through clergymen in each urban, city, and village; while Motiak celebrated the recent equality of guys and girls, diggers, angels, and people, and the promise of freedom for all slaves. It used to be a mark in their naiveté, to imagine that any such revolution might be complete so simply. yet of their lack of knowledge, they have been satisfied, and it used to be recorded within the Annals of the Kings of the Nafari because the so much harmonious time in all of human heritage in the world. The exceptions weren't deemed invaluable of point out within the booklet. SIX DISILLUSION two times every year, Akmaro went to go to all of the seven homes of the Keeper. while he got here, all of the monks and lecturers in that area of the empire of Darakemba could come to the home and there he could educate them, hearken to their difficulties, and aid them make their judgements. He used to be very cautious to not let the clergymen to regard him as clergymen of one other sort had as soon as handled kings. there has been no bowing, no exact realize; they touched each one other’s forearms or wings in equivalent greeting. And after they sat, it was once in a circle, and Akmaro may name upon any of them at random to steer the assembly and speak to on others to talk. He got here, as consistently, to the home of the Keeper in Bodika, the latest addition to the empire of Darakemba. The land used to be at peace, having no additional will to withstand the guideline of Motiak.

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