WITH THE TURQUOISE HEAD
The man, dressed as royalty, arrived
by sea on a trading ship. He soon became popular
among the elite and wealthy circles in the city
for the outlandish tales of his homeland, and
his cryptic but surely sage advice. Beguiled
delight was always found at the turquoise mask
he was never seen without.
An illness took hold in the city upon the prince's
arrival; one that loosened skin to grotesque
proportion. The people implored the visiting
noble for his wisdom.
"Remember, I come from Mu." he said
as though that answered it all. Taking it much
to heart, the city's people began fervent and
depraved worship of this unknown land in hopes
it would cure the sickness that afflicted them
and their families. Trade with other cities
soured, and the country's clergy denounced the
new worshipping. The lord of the land, needing
some way to keep his newly hired mercenaries
busy until he had more important uses for them,
took it upon himself to siege the town, raze
it to the ground and appease the complaints
coming from his other subjects. The sick people
of the city saw the soldiers at the walls and
cried to the stranger for more aid.
"Remember, I come from Mu." was all
he said. Dumbfounded by such wisdom, all among
them slopped to their knees, worshipping the
wise prince as their city burned.