Raven Elk ponders the words of the journal Vittero helped him "read" and understand. He was taught by Ma the importance of the Cycle of Life and of its Connectivity, like a Web where everything connects to everything else. ~This new religion was a disease, a poison, a curse against that Cyclical Web.~ Whether he and his friends would be able to do more than what they had done to stop it (at least here), Raven Elk had no surety of what their future held; but if they came upon this cancerous sect again, he would do whatever he could to end, or curb, this Cathedral of Light's dark cause.The book is very boring and difficult to read. It begins with commands from someone named Bishop Phillipe and then proceeds like a travel log. It discusses encounters with small clans of Kaalatala, Evipau, and Kinamin before printing commands to search the fishing villages for heretics and blighters. It also gives a command to recruit suitable flesh for new soldiers and female spies. The recruits are to be brought to the Cathedral of Light to begin Deprivation Training.
After he and the party have been there for awhile, he asks his friends as they are sitting at table, eating a filling if plain repast:
"So, my friends, I think we are nearly finished here. What do we do at this point? Stay and help longer, though I feel that this village is well on its feet? Return home? Or, check on this cult called The Cathedral of Light?"
He sets down his knife and fork, bows his head a little and finishes:
"I do not mean to seem unfeeling or uncaring about these people; but, Except for small projects and finishing touches, the homes, barns and meeting houses are done. The hurt are nearly, if not fully healed. The worse cases, the ones still in trauma over the attack of their village, need time; for Way heals the body, but only time, caring and love can heal the mind and the soul. What say you, my friends?"
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