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Legends of the Plumed Serpent

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Meticulously pieced together from personal experiences that come with years of travel, an extensive knowledge of the historic and scholarly works, and a deep appreciation of Latin American art and culture—both ancient and modern—critically-acclaimed biographer Neil Baldwin has created a mosaic of words and images retelling the myth of the Plumed Serpent (or Quetzalcóatl) as it has evolved through the millennia. He has also created an essential guidebook for the armchair traveller and passionate tourist alike. Only a few hours by air from the United States are the mysteries and hauntingly beautiful ruins of Mexico. Among the vines intertwined in the frail latticework of crumbling palaces, spiraling geometric motifs covering vast walls that sink beneath the jungle, and nearly vertical temple steps leading hundreds of feet to a dizzying view of sky and earth, images of Quetzalcóatl abound. The fanged, bug-eyed feathered serpent thrusts his malevolent, sneering head from the pyramid at Teotihuacán; he swims in a river of rock around the temple at Xochicalco; and at Chichén Itzá, serpent and jaguar dance on a trail of stone, their embrace spawning a monstrous snake with clawed forefeet. Depicted as part man, snake, and bird, the Plumed Serpent is the earliest known creation myth from Mesoamerica, the region spanning Mexico and most of Central America. He embodies good and evil, sky and earth, feast and famine—the duality of life itself. Steep, massive temples were built in his honor at Teotihuacán, the vast city of ruins near today’s Mexico City, and at Chichén Itzá in northern Yucatán, the intricate complex that includes the famed ballcourt. Moctezuma, the ruler of the Aztecs, mistook Hernán Cortéz and the invasion of the Spanish in 1519 for the return of Quetzalcóatl. The Catholic Church with its army of Franciscan monks adapted his legend to introduce the indigenous people to Catholicism. The myth enhanced Emiliano Zapata’s stature as a latter-day Quetzalcóatl during the Mexican Revolution. Diego Rivera and the modern muralists invoked his image to include indigenous themes in their state-sponsored art. And Quetzalcóatl inspired English author D. H. Lawrence to write a new “American novel.” These and many other tales are recounted in the words and images of Neil Baldwin’s Legends of the Plumed Serpent. Whether sharing a moment of reflection among the breathtaking ruins, delving into the historic role of Quetzalcóatl during the Spanish Conquest, or tracing the themes of revolution and rebirth in the art of Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros, Neil Baldwin’s enlightening prose captures the imagination. Accompanied by numerous illustrations—many photographs taken by the author, and others painstakingly researched and gathered over the past decade—Legends of the Plumed Serpent is a true labor of love.

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
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Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh brings an ancient Mesoamerican creation myth to life Long ago, the gods of Mesoamerica set out to create humans. They tried many times during each sun, or age. When all their attempts failed and the gods grew tired, only one did not give up: Quetzalcóatl—the Feathered Serpent. To continue, he first had to retrieve the sacred bones of creation guarded by Mictlantecuhtli, lord of the underworld. Gathering his staff, shield, cloak, and shell ornament for good luck, Feathered Serpent embarked on the dangerous quest to create humankind. Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh brings to life the story of Feathered Serpent, one of the most important deities in ancient Mesoamerica. With his instantly recognizable, acclaimed art style and grand storytelling, Tonatiuh recounts a thrilling creation tale of epic proportions.

The Plumed Serpent

The Plumed Serpent Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lawrence D.H.
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David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright and literary critic, one of the key writers of the early twentieth century, most famous for his criticism of rationalism and industrialization. Partially projecting author’s political views, the novel “The Plumed Serpent” tell a story of a European woman Kate Leslie and her adventure in Mexico. After meeting with several unusual personalities, she enters their religious cult, full of intrigues, passions, and pagan rituals.

The Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lewis Spence
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Transcribed from Mayan hieroglyphs, the Popol Vuh relates the mythology and history of the Kiché people of Central America. There is no document of greater importance to the study of pre-Columbian mythology.

Flight of the Feathered Serpent

Flight of the Feathered Serpent Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Peter Balin
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Guide to the Xultun (Mayan) Tarot Deck. Peter Balin, the painter of the Xultun Tarot deck, has written a book about the tarot and the Maya Indians' view of the world. Although the approach is new and deals with American knowledge, it will serve all Tarot decks regardless of their origin. The reader journeys with the Fool towards the impeccability of the sorcerer, with each step along the way clearly defined. The graphics alone are so spellbinding that even if you are not interested in the Mayas or the tarot, there is something in this book for you.

Dark Revelations - The Role Playing Game - Monster Manual

Dark Revelations - The Role Playing Game - Monster Manual Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Chris Constantin,Jason Cable Hall
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Dark Revelations - The Role Playing Game - Monster Manual & Book of Danger The Hodgepocalypse is not a safe place to be and this book tells you why. Almost 300 monsters to use with your adventures.

The Taking and Displaying of Human Body Parts as Trophies by Amerindians

The Taking and Displaying of Human Body Parts as Trophies by Amerindians Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Richard J. Chacon,David H. Dye
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The Taking and Displaying of Human Body Parts as Trophies by Amerindians by Richard J. Chacon,David H. Dye Summary

This edited volume mainly focuses on the practice of taking and displaying various body parts as trophies in both North and South America. The editors and contributors (which include Native Peoples from both continents) examine the evidence and causes of Amerindian trophy taking. Additionally, they present objectively and discuss dispassionately the topic of human proclivity toward ritual violence. This book fills the gap in literature on this subject.

The Doctors Who's Who - The Story Behind Every Face of the Iconic Time Lord: Celebrating its 50th Year

The Doctors Who's Who - The Story Behind Every Face of the Iconic Time Lord: Celebrating its 50th Year Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Craig Cabell
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The Doctors Who's Who - The Story Behind Every Face of the Iconic Time Lord: Celebrating its 50th Year by Craig Cabell Summary

Doctor Who is the world's longest-running science fiction television series, and has had children hiding behind sofa's since it was first broadcast in 1963. Eleven actors have played the famous Time Lord, starting with William Hartnell, and it has been a career landmark for all of them. Indeed, no other role in television history is as iconic, demanding, or as anticipated by its legions of fans as that of the famous time traveller with two hearts. Find out: * Who was a bouncer for The Rolling Stones before taking control of the Tardis. * Who was nearly blown up in the Second World War aboard HMS Hood. * Who had a fondness for woolly hats and had a grandson who would become Harry Potter's nemesis. * Who played a transvestite barmaid before becoming a Doctor Who heart-throb. Go back in time and read the human story behind a TV legend.

Journey to Love

Journey to Love Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dolores Eckles
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Journey to Love: A Memoir Picture a skier on a mountain standing in front of a black diamond trail. He is about to live his life jumping over, or maneuvering around, a path filled with icy moguls, sharp angles, twists, and turns while picking up speed. Although he will enjoy the exhilaration of the adventure, he will have to cope, solve, accept, live through, and heal from the challenges along the way. His goal is to arrive at the finish line of the race, intact, during his lifetime. Journey to Love is a metaphor for the skier’s journey. It is my journey of spiritual quest in learning and growing Love. A third component is revealed in the final chapter. The journey begins with a difficult childhood; winds through knowing when to leave each of two marriages; choosing a rewarding career; traveling on six continents to see that humanity is one; having the gifts of intuition and moxie; being in chronic pain for the past year and one half; and overcoming health (pancreatic cancer survivor) and other challenges. Lifelines on the journey are inspirational quotes; therapies; attitudes; angels; paranormal experiences; and resources from extensive research/reading on life and its purpose. It is my hope that my journey will assist others over the moguls (challenges) in their lives.

American Hero-Myths

American Hero-Myths Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Daniel G. Brinton
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This little volume is a contribution to the comparative study of religions. It is an endeavor to present in a critically correct light some of the fundamental conceptions which are found in the native beliefs of the tribes of America.

Opera Indigene: Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures

Opera Indigene: Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Pamela Karantonis,Dylan Robinson
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Opera Indigene: Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures by Pamela Karantonis,Dylan Robinson Summary

The representation of non-Western cultures in opera has long been a focus of critical inquiry. Within this field, the diverse relationships between opera and First Nations and Indigenous cultures, however, have received far less attention. Opera Indigene takes this subject as its focus, addressing the changing historical depictions of Indigenous cultures in opera and the more contemporary practices of Indigenous and First Nations artists. The use of 're/presenting' in the title signals an important distinction between how representations of Indigenous identity have been constructed in operatic history and how Indigenous artists have more recently utilized opera as an interface to present and develop their cultural practices. This volume explores how operas on Indigenous subjects reflect the evolving relationships between Indigenous peoples, the colonizing forces of imperial power, and forms of internal colonization in developing nation-states. Drawing upon postcolonial theory, ethnomusicology, cultural geography and critical discourses on nationalism and multiculturalism, the collection brings together experts on opera and music in Canada, the Americas and Australia in a stimulating comparative study of operatic re/presentation.

Roxolana in European Literature, History and Culture

Roxolana in European Literature, History and Culture Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Galina I. Yermolenko
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Roxolana in European Literature, History and Culture by Galina I. Yermolenko Summary

This collection is the first book-length scholarly study of the pervasiveness and significance of Roxolana in the European imagination. Roxolana, or "Hurrem Sultan," was a sixteenth-century Ukrainian woman who made an unprecedented career from harem slave and concubine to legal wife and advisor of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566). Her influence on Ottoman affairs generated legends in many a European country. The essays gathered here represent an interdisciplinary survey of her legacy; the contributors view Roxolana as a transnational figure that reflected the shifting European attitudes towards "the Other," and they investigate her image in a wide variety of sources, ranging from early modern historical chronicles, dramas and travel writings, to twentieth-century historical novels and plays. Also included are six European source texts featuring Roxolana, here translated into modern English for the first time. Importantly, this collection examines Roxolana from both Western and Eastern European perspectives; source material is taken from England, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Poland, and Ukraine. The volume is an important contribution to the study of early modern transnationalism, cross-cultural exchange, and notions of identity, the Self, and the Other.

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Philippe Thirault,Butch Guice,Gallur,Jose Malaga
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A sweeping saga of two brothers locked in combat in colonial 1940s Burma, where an ancient magic will decide their fate, and that of the whole country.

The Jungle of Ice

The Jungle of Ice Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Philippe Thirault,Butch Guice,Gallur,Jose Malaga
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A sweeping saga of two brothers locked in combat in colonial 1940s Burma, where an ancient magic will decide their fate, and that of the whole country.

The Gospel of the Toltecs

The Gospel of the Toltecs Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Frank Díaz
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A compilation of the teachings of Quetzalcoatl, avatar of the Toltecs, reconstructed from original source texts and the legends told at his birthplace in Amatlan, Morelos, Mexico. • The first complete historical account of the life and teachings of Quetzalcoatl, the most important figure in Mesoamerican spirituality. • Includes 86 chronological teaching stories accompanied by 27 codex illustrations. Quetzalcoatl Ce Acatl (born in A.D. 947)--whose stature has been compared to that of Christ, Buddha, and Krishna--was the key figure in the development of the spiritual culture of the Toltecs. In The Gospel of the Toltecs the author has gathered Nahua and Maya codexes, Spanish chronicles of conquest, and native oral tradition to recount the life of Quetzalcoatl: his temptation and fall; his initiation with sacred mushrooms; his long journey in search of spiritual enlightenment; his triumphant return to the Toltec land; and his subsequent teaching, self-immolation, ascension, and promise of return. Quetzalcoatl's teachings make up the Toltecayotl, or Toltequity--the art of intentional doing--which provides an initiatic guide for the transformation of individuals and society, while his personal history is a guide for the development of Nahualli, the magical side of human awareness. For all those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the roots of Toltec spirituality or who wish to grow from the teachings of one of the world's great spiritual leaders, The Gospel of the Toltecs offers a unique and authentic access to the life and ministry of one of the most important figures in the ancient world.

Chambers's Edinburgh Journal

Chambers's Edinburgh Journal Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Chambers Robert,Chambers William
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A Dictionary of Birds

A Dictionary of Birds Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Bruce Campbell,Elizabeth Lack
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A Dictionary of Birds enlists contributions from over 280 ornithologists and other specialists from around the world. Major, authoritative articles cover the field of modern ornithology and related subjects, many of them running to several thousand words. In addition there are articles on all the bird families, almost all of which are illustrated by a representative species. There are also numerous short entries defining special terms, application of names, etc. The total gives a text of over 800,000 words, supported by more than 500 photographs, drawings and diagrams. The photographs have been selected under the guidance of Eric Hosking to illustrate different activities of birds, and Robert Gillmor has assembled a collection of over 200 drawings of birds, almost all of which were specially drawn for the Dictionary. Compiled for the British Ornithologists' Union, this new work is in line of succession from Newton's A Dictionary of Birds of 1896 and Landsborough Thomson's A New Dictionary of Birds published in 1964 (2nd impression 1965) and now long out of print. This new dictionary, encyclopaedic in treatment, is destined to be a major reference in any ornithologist's library; and its editors and contributors, most of whom gave their time and knowledge freely, have earned the thanks and acclaim of users for many years to come. Frances James, President of the American Ornithologists' Union, writes in her preface of "the role the dictionary will play in fostering communications among nations. For students it will serve as an entrance to the present status of the field. For scientists it will serve as a research tool and a bridge between disciplines."

How to Live Like an Aztec Priest

How to Live Like an Aztec Priest Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Farndon
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It's the year 1492, the height of the Aztec Empire, and Ten Vulture is learning to become a priest—and a deadly warrior. On his adventures, he has to learn a secret language and rituals and make human sacrifices to the gods. Visit the largest city in the Americas and take part in the ultimate bloodletting ceremony alongside Ten Vulture. You'll need a courageous heart and a strong stomach!

The Aligned

The Aligned Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kristy Berridge
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Araqiel’s fist slammed upon the gilded table before him. Groaning in protest, the surface quaked beneath the power of his divine touch. Determined to remain intact, the marbled centrepiece divided him from both aggressor and ally, serving in judgment’s realm for many millennia. The angel’s fist was not the first to make acquaintance withits beautiful, veined surface, nor would it be the last. ‘I am not interfering,’ Araqiel repeated, voice quiet and controlled. Rage was fleeting, focused entirely within the centre of his tightly clenched palm. Angels did not succumb to extreme sentiment. Angels were divine, spiritual – agreeable. Weak, he thought quietly to himself. ‘Araqiel, you come before us with a request we cannot grant.’ With narrowed eyes, Araqiel studied the demon across the vast marble table. A gnarly-horned creature with the body of a man and the head of a goat sat pregnant with barely contained satisfaction. Chocolate-brown skin glistened with the heat of the underworld and his eyes were the colour of fresh blood. Samael was one of four council members who sat in judgment in Purgatory.His counterpart Mammon, minions of Lucifer and advocates of all that is evil and unjust, were opposed on principle to anything Araqiel requested. Nakir and Munkar, the remaining council members, sat pretty and seemingly indifferent amongst the sanctimonious, sulphur-belching miscreants at the marble table. Araqiel noted Samael shift gleaming, ruby-coloured eyes over the angel, perhaps conscious of recent, unsolicited activities. Was the demon aware that Araqiel had provided Elena with divine intervention, propositioned a Vampire named William to protect her? Interference was against angelic and demonic policy, perhaps why Samael gloated; rubbing his calloused palms together. Araqiel had skirted the rules and now there were consequences. William had fallen in love with Elena, outside the scope of Araqiel’s plan, but at least she’d remained unharmed because of that love … until now. Continued protection was paramount. Elena was the key to the past and the Archangel Michael’s salvation, Araqiel’s own chance of re-entry back into heaven merely the icing upon the cake. ‘All I’m asking,’ Araqiel continued, ‘is a chance to help free Elena from the Werewolves. She is still a child, an innocent and—’ ‘The blood of Vampire and Werewolf run through her veins, Araqiel,’ Munkar said. ‘She is not entirely innocent.’ ‘She is the result of a terribly unfortunate situation,’ Araqiel reasoned. ‘How is she accountable for her birth?’ Samael shook his head. ‘She is a half-breed, spawned from the seed of the damned. Some of her abilities are clearly a result of darkness. She has fed from an Alpha wolf and knowingly consumed the blood of a Vampire named …’ Samael shuffled through the papers in front of him. ‘William?’ Araqiel bit his tongue and suppressed the sigh nestled at the back of his suddenly dry throat. This plan involved considering the variables of Elena’s impulsive and unpredictable nature. But the sexual interest in William was unexpected, the ardent exploration of each other’s lips and subsequent blood exchange even more so. Definitely not part of the plan. ‘She did not know what she was doing.’ ‘I do not believe that,’ Samael argued, whiskered nose creased to echo his haughty expression. ‘She knew that taking the Vampire’s blood would change her.’ ‘She was caught in the moment.’ Nakir’s snowflake complexion melted as he blushed. Mammon laughed, perhaps amused by the angel’s discomfort. ‘Yes, we have all seen this moment you speak of. It’s inconsequential whether her amorous activities are a result of her human hormones or damned blood.’ Araqiel pursed his lips, heated gaze flitting across the crimson skin of the sweat-slicked demon. ‘All I ask is to lead someone – anyone – to her aid, be it Vampire or angel. Elena is the daughter of the master Vampire and her blood is suffused with Vânator, but she is still human, therefore worthy of my help.’ Mammon rested his hefty weight across his elbows, leaning menacingly across the marble table. ‘What is it about this half-breed girl that fascinates you, Araqiel? This is the third time you have petitioned the council for permission to interfere.’ Furtive looks shifted between the angelic brethren. The demons could not know that Elena had the power to wipe clean the eternal bloodlines of both Vampire and Vânator, and to free Michael from an eternity in Purgatory. ‘Elena is a curiosity,’ Araqiel answered with a cavalier flick of his wrist and bored expression. ‘She is the sun in which all darkness appears to revolve around – a highly entertaining development.’ ‘Mere curiosity?’ Mammon goaded. ‘I do not believe your petition is valid based on this seemingly superfluous motivation. Unless, of course, you have more to reveal, Araqiel?’ Araqiel was uncertain whether he could maintain this depth of deception. ‘I cannot stand back and watch her needlessly suffer.’ That admission of weakness seemed to please Samael and Mammon. ‘We vote no,’ Samael concluded. ‘The girl has already been gifted visions of her father and …’ Samael frowned again, shuffling first through his own papers, and then through Mammon’s. ‘Who is Sebastian?’ Araqiel chanced a glance at the other two angels; their metallic eyes glowed with caution. But before he could respond, Mammon growled, his long, rubbery tail rising behind him like a serpent rearing to strike. He stabbed a greasy finger against the stack of papers before him. ‘Wait, it says here that she has been dreaming about “Sebastian” for years. Why would you feed her these thoughts, Araqiel?’ ‘I did not feed her thoughts of the Vampire,’ Araqiel answered honestly. ‘Her dreams are her own.’ ‘Yet you showed her two guiding visions: one of her father, Lucius, and then one of this Vampire Sebastian?’ Mammon pressed. ‘I petitioned for this because Elena was in danger. Lucius offers safety, and Sebastian is a trusted member of his coven with unparalleled tracking skills.’ It appeared that Mammon and Samael remained unconvinced. ‘Yet you say her dreams are her own?’ ‘Yes.’ Araqiel eased himself into one of the stiff-backed chairs, waiting with barely contained trepidation for the council’s final decision. ‘Why would she dream of a Vampire she has never met?’ Samael asked. Araqiel concealed his grimace. He had not travelled the Ley-Lines to Purgatory to unfold the many layers of deceit he’d been hiding. He came to protect Elena. It was only by sheer luck that she’d so far avoided rape or death from the Alpha Vânator known as Roshan. There wasn’t much time. ‘Araqiel?’ ‘Yes, Samael?’ The goat-headed demon bristled, an irritated grunt escaping his whiskered mouth. ‘You heard me, Angel. Why dream of an unknown Vampire?’ ‘I thought you were speculating aloud.’ Mammon touched Samael’s shoulder and whispered in his twitching ear. Finally, they both turned back to the angel with unsettling hostility. ‘We’ll be looking into this.’ ‘How?’ ‘The usual channels.’ Araqiel’s trepidation melted as an idea bloomed, the whisper of a smile forming. He cleared his throat, feigning ignorance as he said, ‘Does that mean Samael will start following me around again?’ Nakir’s head snapped up, nostrils flaring. Munkar shoved an accusatory finger against Samael’s chest. ‘You left Purgatory?’ Samael paled, fur-tipped ears folding flat against his head, but his eyes flashed fiery crimson defiance at Araqiel. ‘Only once.’ ‘You are never to leave Purgatory! It is not the place of the council to choose sides!’ Munkar scolded. ‘We have others to do research on such matters.’ Samael grunted, flashing yellowed teeth. ‘We do what we must to maintain balance.’ ‘As do I,’ Araqiel reminded them. ‘And thus, I ask only to protect Elena. The balance in which I must maintain as darkness surrounds her. So in lieu of Samael’s clear violation, do I have the council’s permission to help her?’ ‘No,’ Samael rasped. Mammon took a steadying breath, a sulphuric emission filled with resignation. He squeezed Samael’s shoulder, calming his brutish counterpart. ‘You cannot use the Vampire William again,’ Mammon finally murmured. He shifted his gaze, levelling demonic eyes upon Araqiel. ‘You have forced him to help the girl twice now and we do not like that these encounters have weakened his darkness, encouraging sentimentality.’ ‘Agreed,’ Araqiel responded, knowing that William’s growing attachment was problematic. ‘I propose using Elena, giving her the power to communicate with Sebastian.’ Suspicion rode the demon’s features like a wild horse bucking at the gates of truth. ‘Why him, yet another Vampire?’ Araqiel squared his shoulders, giving nothing away. ‘Sebastian is the most capable of finding her before the Alpha wolf compromises her innocence.’ ‘She is not so innocent,’ Nakir whispered. ‘Her attraction to the Alpha is based on the blood that runs through her veins. Her soul does not wish to be with him in any capacity.’ ‘And you claim to know the desires of her soul?’ Mammon asked. Araqiel bowed his head, studying the curled fingers in his lap. ‘I may be one of the fallen, but I know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil.’ He looked up again, shifting dazzling sapphire eyes over all before him. ‘I can still feel a soul’s true desire. I am not completely without the grace of God.’ Mammon and Samael snickered. ‘Do I have permission, or not?’ Mammon sniffed, rubbing a sweaty palm over his face, erasing lingering delight. He gazed at Nakir and Munkar, then back at a snarling Samael. He sighed, shoulders slumping. ‘In light of the forbidden travel, we will vote in your favour.’ ‘No!’ Samael roared. Nakir and Munkar nodded. ‘As will we.’ Araqiel bowed his head once more, hiding a smile that begged claim over the corners of his supple lips. He rose, hesitant to shatter the fragility of this small victory by lingering. Who would have thought that the surreptitious behaviour of both angel and demon would broker the most favourable result? Turning to face the wind, Araqiel stretched his wings out behind him, the light from the three moons above filtering through the feathery surface in tiny shards of brilliance. Weightlessness claimed his limbs as the beat of his wings lifted his feet from the crispness of the stone pavers. ‘Araqiel?’ Mammon shouted, raspy voice calling the angel back. The whistling winds of Purgatory ceased blowing a gale through the nest of pert white feathers at his back. Had his deception been more clearly analysed? Araqiel faced Mammon. His pitchfork tail sashayed behind him with deliberate, hypnotic persuasion. ‘Yes?’ ‘I wish to ask you another question.’ Araqiel met with solid ground once more, curious despite the hint of anxiety knotting his shoulders. ‘Pray tell.’ More papers were shuffled by greasy fingers. Eye contact was never broken, intimidation undoubtedly the goal. ‘Do you know where the Archangel Michael is?’ ‘I … what?’ ‘It’s been two thousand years since he graced us with his presence,’ Mammon continued. ‘Nakir and Munkar cannot lie to us. They would have confirmed if he was back in Heaven.’ ‘And?’ ‘And he is not. Do you know where he is?’ Araqiel had been taught impartiality and encouraged to disregard emotion. Discussing Michael tampered with his neutrality. He may have been bound by the truth, but knowledge of Michael’s whereabouts was not Araqiel’s to impart. ‘I’m waiting, Araqiel.’ Mammon’s grubby fingers beat a steady rhythm upon the marble. ‘Yes. I know where Michael is.’ ‘Tell us.’ Araqiel shook his head. Lying was impossible, but he could dance around the truth. ‘I have answered your question.’ ‘Then where is he?’ Samael shouted, slamming his fist on the table. ‘At this precise moment, I do not know.’ Samael seethed, ears flapping back and forth. Both demons understood the rules and how to bend them, but their anger marred intelligent thought. They loitered on the precipice of revenge, determined to find Michael and punish him for imprisoning Lucifer in Hell. Asking the right questions would yield better results. ‘You would be rewarded for your answer, Araqiel,’ Samael continued, simmering down as he tried his hand at bribery. ‘As you served in Heaven, so you shall rule in Hell.’ Araqiel shuddered at the thought of fiery pits of tortured souls and slippery demons belching terminal disease and riotous blasphemy. ‘There is nothing you can offer me.’ Samael and Mammon conferred. Nakir and Munkar looked on vexingly. ‘Are you so sure about that?’ An evil glint appeared in Samael’s blood red eyes as the crooked slant of his tufted eyebrow reaped provocation. ‘Yes.’ Samael tsk tsked him, waggling a stiffened finger. ‘What if I offered you the Time Contract?’ Rigidity claimed Munkar and Nakir, surprise robbing words of protest free of their open mouths. ‘The Time Contract?’ Araqiel repeated in awe. ‘You cannot!’ Nakir finally gasped. ‘No, but my master Lucifer can.’ Araqiel’s stomach tightened. Only the two great masters of existence had the authority to present the Time Contract – God or Lucifer. Its power was known to reverse certain historical events or all that had come to pass, a fresh canvas, total annihilation. Knowing that the present could be reshaped by the choices of one chosen entity? Entirely too tempting. ‘Araqiel? What is your answer?’ Samael pressed. Araqiel closed his eyes, praying for absolution. The temptation of power hastened his prayers as he begged for the goodness still nurturing his soul to charter his plans to their end, to follow the right path where he would inevitably choose wrong. ‘I will give you Michael.’ ‘Araqiel!’ Nakir and Munkar shouted in unison. ‘He is your brother!’ Araqiel silenced the urge to lay the stirring sickness inside at his feet. Catching the congratulatory handshake the demons shared only served to exacerbate the twisting muscle and bile within. ‘Wait.’ ‘What is it?’ Mammon snapped. ‘You cannot change your mind now.’ ‘I said I will give you Michael, but it will be at my choosing.’ The self-righteous smiles faded. ‘Have the contract ready. No tricks, no ulterior motives. When the time is right I will make sure Michael returns to Purgatory for final judgment. In the meantime, I beg you all to protect Elena from harm.’ Araqiel ruffled his feathers, ready for flight. He needed distraction from his sweaty palms and mounting sickness. ‘I bid you all farewell.’ ‘I want Michael dead within three months,’ Samael persisted. ‘He has been hiding on the earth plane for far too long.’ Araqiel acknowledged the request with a quick tip of his head, bent his knees and kicked off the pavement. His wings stretched behind him, a feathered shield, strong and sleek. They flapped with purpose, taking him higher and higher until the air grew cold, just like his heart. As Araqiel kissed the frigid atmosphere to meet with the soft glow of the three moons and intersecting Ley-Lines, he bowed his head. Once more he prayed for understanding, trust and the gratification of answered litanies. There was only one problem. God had not answered him in a very long time.

Dragons for Beginners

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Welcome to Dragon Country! Here Dragonfire sears the grass and the wind dances with Dragon-song. Here you’ll find true Dragons, real flesh-and-blood creatures that are as fiercely alive and majestic as they were thousands of years ago. • Learn about the three true species: Eastern, Western, and Feathered • Explore how Dragons evolved and the various types of pseudo-dragons • Study the science of Dragons: size, diet, temperament, habitat, and more • Discover how Dragons impact religion, art, literature, and occult studies • Find out how to safely interact with Dragons This essential, comprehensive introduction to Dragons is filled with what everyone must know about these extraordinary creatures. Whether a casual dracophile or a dedicated Dragon keeper, come explore what Dragons have to teach us about the world and our-selves. Discover how, with care and devotion, you can help save them from extinction.