Lesha exhaled and in her breath was born the twins that are space/time, Olstran and Dehme. Together they bore the multitude of gods. We know not all of their names even now, but some we do; Hom that is light, Keshken who brings of attraction and of course Gohdem that is creation. It is because of Gohdem that stars and planets and black holes and comets exist. It is that gift of creation that we each were born, thanks to Gohdem. Inspiring us and teaching us, so that we can do the same. ~ Wendumber, Child Prophet Aboard the ship most holy Kamke sat Almeria not knowing her destiny. She had been taken into protective custody from her parents. A student who had not taken any public vows she was seen by the Church as still a child despite her age. Had she taken vows of marriage, of the priesthood, of missionary work, of a healer or a half score of others she would not have considered under her parents protection. Almeria had taken vows though, just as sacred as any of the others that the Church recognized, she just hadn't made it public. She had made the first half of her vows, the same vows her grandfather and her true mother had uttered before, at the age of thirteen. A direct petition to Gohdem. She felt the blissful peace of knowing they had been excepted but knew it was not the time to complete her vows that day. Five years later Almeria finished her vows of protection, a knight's vow most people would call them. She could not have done so as those before her had, for they were now all dead. If there were others that had taken the vow that were alive she did not know of them, as far as she knew though she was the only one. Twelve years ago Almeria was orphaned and instantly became her uncle's daughter to hide her connection with those that were slaughtered, the Church's own protectors betrayed! Sitting aboard the ship, Almeria wasn't sure why she was there. The Church took custody of children only in a few cases. Were her parents now being accused of betraying the teaching of the Church? Was she being presented to the priesthood? Almeria didn't know and the uncertainty was driving her nuts. What did they want with her? "I suppose I'll know soon enough," she whispered to herself in dread as she clutched her pendant in one hand.