Six Impossible Things
Aelix's past life research
Shadow-at-Noon is credited* (Disputed – see Scalpel Maiden and Burning Brand) with discovering the Labyrinth. Soon after her Exaltation, she mounted an expedition into a massive shadowland on the site of one of the early victories against the Primordials. She led her team deep into the unknown and, lacking any more efficient way to communicate between Creation and the Underworld, took to sending members of her expedition back with her reports. Lady Ise later collected these reports in her definitive treatise on the flora and fauna of the Underworld, entitling it “Shadow and Sunlight: An Explorer’s Guide to the World Below” It was four years between the day her final team member returned and the day she herself did. Pale and grinning perhaps a bit too broadly, she related tales of a great well at the center of the Underworld, and of a shifting nightmare land of horrors, all perched on the edge of oblivion. The Deliberative began lining up a series of lectures and debriefing interviews with the preeminent scholars of the day, only to find her gone. Reports indicate she stayed just long enough to recruit a new expedition and then to set out to map this “Labyrinth” under the world. While it later proved impossible to map this shifting landscape completely, many of the survival and navigational techniques still used by the Harbinger’s Guild were pioneered by Shadow-at-Noon.
Equitable Chaos was the founder and leader of the Night Terrors ranger brigade. This elite unit cross trained heavily in an attempt to be ready for anything; so much so that in later years it was rightly said of them that: “They could build defenses until noon, stand in pitched battle until the sun goes down, track the fleeing enemy all through the night and assassinate their surviving officers before dawn.” The Night Terrors were instrumental in the fall of the Inkblot Cabal, acting to both infiltrate the conspiracy, then to decimate the cabal’s “half-formed children” when the Mother of Nightmares was finally located.
Adjutant to the God of Whispers, the Red Hand Judge served for a century ferreting out the quietest whispers and bringing them to live in the Echoing Space, the celestial mansion of Hviskra, God of Whispers. For her journeyman project she stole into the houses of five mortal lords and took their greatest secrets, then presented them to Hviskra, each bound in an orichalcum scroll. After her apprenticeship ended, she founded the Celestial Office of Crimes Unpunished and requisitioned a staff of unemployed gods. Through little more than fiat accompli and backed by her status as Lawgiver, she began to leverage her access to the Echoing Space to target and destroy those she deemed insufficiently punished. After little more than fifty years she left her celestial office in the hands of a lesser goddess and established her base of operations in Meru. The last record of her in the Deliberative archives was noting her return to Meru for the Calibration festival and logging the destruction of all members of a pirate clan that had fled to the far edge of the ocean, on the very verge of the Western wyld.