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Mandate spies? posted 19 August 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMandate spies? by legatus, Auditor

The notion that Seswatha's dreams of the First Apocalypse have a way of driving Mandate Schoolmen mad is stressed a number of times throughout the books though, and madness and rational decision making don't tend to make good bedfellows. A schoolman whose ability to perceive a distinction between dreams and reality, between past and present is tenuous at best would be a great deal more suseptible to falling headlong into a pit of hopelessness and despair, for example.

Seswatha's dreams might soon become indestinguishable from his own present reality, and the nightly resurrection of the No-God might in turn feel less a memory of warning than the suffocating yoke of inevitability. No matter how many times the mad schoolman relives the bittersweet triumph of striking down Mog-Pharau, he knows the abomination's womb shattering return will surely come to pass before the next dawn. There can be no true victory for our broken, pitiable sorcerer, no escape.

And in his madness, what might the schoolman's solution to his untenable mandate of opposing the Consult and their No-God be? The world will surely fall to ruin no matter what he does, no matter how many times he seems to triumph, so why bother trying to save it at all?

Perhaps he can save himself though. Throw his lot in with the enemy and perhaps he won't suffer the mind rending agonies of his other life again, endured in payment for opposition. Humanity's day might end, true, but surely it was destined to end anyway. You can't cheat fate after all. You can't cheat God's plan; not even a No-God's plan. Why should he suffer with rest of his race in their final days when he's already suffered so much?

Perhaps he doesn't have to.

Perhaps his suffering might come to an end.

Perhaps the Consult can make it all end.

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