Six Impossible Things
Ling Yu's past life research
Blameless Witness gained fame for the creation of the Undisturbed Convocation Veil, a spell that had the distinction of being added to the Book of Three Circles. While any First Age sorcerer worth his essence had at least one new spell to their name, this was remarkable for the simple fact that he was still a student at Sperimin and had not yet mastered the intricacies of the Circle of Adamant. On theory alone he produced the spell and presented it to his sifu who graduated him on the spot and had the spell inscribed in the Book. It is later said that it was this very spell that he used to pin the Whirlwind Teeth in place long enough to convince it of the error of its existence. Of course, his famous restoration of the city of Oriab and its inhabitants after the suicide of the Teeth remains the ultimate testament to his sorcerous skill.
The Flower of Winter Monastery, founded by Stillness in the Hurricane, served as one of the preeminent training centers for both priestly virtue and martial arts during the High First Age. Equal parts meditative retreat and intensive training ground, the Flower of Winter Monastery was perched on a mountain far to the North, overlooking a sheltered and fertile valley. Monks studying here were equally adept at martial arts and poetry, oratory and acrobatics, calligraphy and rhetoric. When the Mountain That Walks awakened and moved its inexorable way Southward, it was Stillness in the Hurricane, backed by his students, who turned it back. Stillness in the Hurricane was composing a psalm, his calligraphy sure and steady even as the lumbering behemoth sped toward him. This psalm, sometimes referred to as “Mountain’s Lament”, contains the only known broken line in all his collected calligraphy, caused when he set down his brush to confront the behemoth. The behemoth’s defeat was so swift that witnesses say the ink had not yet had time to dry before he returned and resumed his composition.
The Chancellor of Harmonious Compromise was one of the most outspoken members of the Deliberative. His peerless rhetorical skill dominated the halls of power, and he was one of the finest negotiators ever fielded. Without a doubt, the finest treaty he wrought was the famous (some say “infamous”) Threefold Abdication. With three armies camped less than a mile away and only barely holding to a cease fire, he coaxed the three lords to the negotiating table. After five days of debate, discussion and speeches, the three each agreed to abdicate all claim to power and all control of their armies. What’s more, each left his kingdom to the Chancellor of Harmonious Compromise, who is still the ruler of record of these lands, according to Deliberative files. His most notable debate on the floor of the Deliberative was with Sun and Wave in Harmony. A philosophical debate over the nature of reality and the disposition of the spirit, this was one of the few debates held according to the formal dueling code (complete with dueling torcs for the participants). After twenty three hours of solid debate, Sun and Wave in Harmony’s arguments were so soundly defeated that she went into exile. The God of Exaltation, said to have been a witness to the debate, reported the return of her exaltation to his keeping five days later. The Chancellor of Harmonious Compromise set out to find her next incarnation. Golden Balm, god of honey and wine and handmaiden to the Chancellor, later quoted him as saying that he left, in his words: “To see to her education, so that she does not languish in ignorance next time.” The Deliberative is on record requesting that he return to Meru for the Calibration festival so that he could deliver the keynote address on the final night of the celebration.