Written in the 11th month, on the 7th day of the month, in the year of the Chief Dragon Slayer, 2012, to new Slayers undergoing rigorous training: Greetings!
Are you now ready? Have you taken up your Armor? Are you prepared to hear Bilgewater’s lie of lies? Good!
It began, oh, about 200 years ago. That’s when Bilgewater got the idea to shoot its new Arrow of Falsehood. The monster had thought of it centuries before, but never would this particular Arrow have pierced anyone’s mind or heart. Not back then. Not, in fact, during any period of human history could this Arrow have achieved any effect at all. Not, that is, until approximately 200 years ago, when suddenly the conditions were right, so right Bilgewater piled its detestable dragon dung higher and higher and higher, clapping its sharpened claws together in glee.
So what happened 200 years ago? My dear Dragon Slayer, it was something that had been going on all along, but it had reached a new peak, and the thrill of it was so great, it turned people’s heads into . . . um . . . eh . . . something like porridge. You see, very intelligent people, all over the world, were learning and discovering more and more about how the world worked; they had unlocked mysteries, such as how the planets move in the sky, and why it is that objects fall to the ground when dropped (rather than floating upward into the heavens). Long, long ago, when people didn’t understand the mysteries in the world, they would say, “The Mighty One alone knows why stones fall straight down when dropped from third-story windows.”
Now think about it. What do you suppose changed about 200 years ago?
Your fellow Slayer,