2. At the Foot of the Black Mountain

At first, Inglorion felt the serene clarity that follows a long illness. As Inglorion lies there, in his son’s embrace, emotion and sensation well up within him. He says, “Where are we, Lucius? I don’t understand how you found me.” “What do you remember?” “Very little. It’s strange. I can’t recall where I’ve been recently. […]

58. The Last Trial: Kicking the Hornet’s Nest

Soundtrack and Video: Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime (Live 1983) Two days after his meeting with the Duchess, Inglorion is jolted out of trance. Ajax says, “You’re to go to the Duchess immediately, sir. It’s the last trial.” “Hm. Okay. What time is it?” “Just past midnight, sir.” “Very well. The throne room?” “Yes, […]

54. Faith and Terror Shining in His Eyes

Soundtrack and Video: Ministry, Jesus Built My Hotrod Five days before the festival, Inglorion stops eating solid food, and drinks only water, broth or tea twice a day. He’s not sure why he’s fasting, and he goes to some lengths to conceal his actions. Inglorion’s always moody, but now he becomes increasingly volatile, cycling through anger, […]