Meditation on Fire (short story)

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This is a creative work set in the world of Elanthia, attributed to its original author(s). It does not necessarily represent the official lore of GemStone IV.

Title: Meditation on Fire

Author: Mnar Akurion

The history of the Dhe'nar is littered with stories of triumphs, followed by cataclysmic disasters brought on by hubris. While this story is based on true events, it assumes much, given that so many of its characters did not survive its ending.

Meditation on Fire, as related in game, focuses on five characters: a powerful mage on the brink of a new discovery; the high priestess of the Dhe'nar, who is concerned with her progress; the warlord, who considers ways to save his people; the highlord, who is concerned only with the prerogatives of the mage caste to pursue power; and finally a slave, who intervenes at the climax of the story to prevent the utter devastation of his people. Meditation on Fire is a rare critique of the Dhe'nari tendency to pursue power to the exclusion of all else, including common sense and self-preservation.

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