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Inhabiting the universe of the Silver Sea is the tribal community of Destiners, eagle-like beings, able-bodied and swift of sword and wing. One day Raeh, of the Aeton tribe, having a predilection for daring, flies into the forbidden zone where aMoreInhabiting the universe of the Silver Sea is the tribal community of Destiners, eagle-like beings, able-bodied and swift of sword and wing. One day Raeh, of the Aeton tribe, having a predilection for daring, flies into the forbidden zone where a magnetic force overtakes him and pulls him into a portal. He goes tossing and tumbling until he is spit from portal’s end into a luxuriant and seemingly magical jungle- there he glimpses the ineffable Image Maker. Raeh is thunderstruck- he quakes with fear, yet is beset by yearning . The fear he quickly thrusts aside, but the yearning he cannot shake. He returns to the Silver Sea with a certain haunting of the mind, one that no matter what he is offered, whether splendor, power or prominence, his thirst remains unquenchable- Reah must have it all.Persuasive and ambitious, he eventually wins the allegiance of roughly one third of the Chayil, the Image Maker’s angelic host, and thus incites a rebellion. A torrid upheaval ensues, befouling the heavens with angelic blood. Philon, the Image Maker’s son, strips the blood-guilty of their standing and orders their immediate departure. Raeh finds the rendering most generous, for to have so many subordinates at his disposal is a gift beyond all telling —although he cries foul. Casting off all ties, he redefines himself, insisting that he shall henceforth answer only to Primus—a name more befitting a luminary of such import- and upon his cohorts he confers the title, Muspellum, or fiery ones. And they all abscond to a planet Primus names Tyrannous.Eventually, he surveys earth and discovers the Garden of Delights. He murmurs jealously over its quaint, homey appeal and is suspicious of its lavish and visibly purposeful design. He observes the elaborate and varied animal species and is by now resentful that he has not been made privy to the project. When he spies the man and woman, Valerian and Aurea, Primus is infuriated. Resentment races toward revenge and he concocts a scheme whereby he might win the favor of the earth-born couple and spoil whatever good they might otherwise find with Philon.Despite Philon’s warning, when Primus arrives in full polish, Valerian and Aurea are quite taken with the fascinating, flying creature and quickly form a relationship with him. Enchanted by his power and impressed by his prowess, they trot blindly behind him- and the symbiotic tapestry of the Garden devolves into a terrifying jungle. Primus happily leaves the Garden with the couple in tow.