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A Fable about Quests

Having at long last achieved the exalted arena, the exhausted novice questioned, "Why not me?"

"It's not all by numbers," explained the Master, his countenance unsmiling, his delivery extemporaneous. "In this world of the Charmed, where ever smoke arises there follows subtle mirrors that reflect our elusive craft.

"First one learns to talk. Then for imperfect reasons, one is obliged to lie. For largely, ours is a discipline in which the winner only dies contented and fat so that pale wriggling dirt-worms can feed triumphant."

"That is it?" blurted the incredulous neophyte.

"Just about!" agreed his somber ex-mentor.

Moral: The merit of any message is relative.