page 1b:

Strawmen and Spiders

why there were only spiders and no other animals was not the only thing she wondered. she knew that some important reasons for the existence of the tower and a song that might open the padlock were being kept from her view, and she hoped that in time she would understand the whole picture. in the meantime she learned what she could and hoped that she would be prepared for the day when, as she hoped and trusted in the universe, the padlock would be opened.

this tower and the woman's spirit locked in the top chamber had existed for a very long time. at first the staircase was empty except for spiders and their webs. adventurers heard about the woman who held something of value and the padlock that required a magic song for the lock to open. this seemed like an unusual challenge, and adventurers would imagine the woman and write songs from the inspiration. what each adventurer saw was in their own mind's eye, and the woman enjoyed seeing the pictures that arose from their imagination.

that was at first, when things were simple.

the songs began to have scenarios where the woman was interacting with the singer and sometimes trouble arose. the main snag in this was that the focus seemed to be forgotten.....the focus that the woman held something of value and that a magic song was required to open a padlock. once the focus went into imagined interactions, both positive and negative, the original beautiful exciting and unusual quest that the universe had offered seemed to be forgotten by most adventurers.

to be continued.......

page 1: Creaky Old Tower

page 1A: A Locked Room

page 1B: Strawmen and Spiders

page 1C: Misconceptions

page 2: White Buffalo Woman

page 3: The Legend of Atlantis

page 4: Oya

page 5: The Perfect Sound

page 6: The Legend of Rationality

page 7: Keeper of the Sinkhole

page 8: Adrastia: The Inevitable

page 9: The Rider of Light

page 10: The Fabric of Sound

page 11: Finding Nature's Balance

page 12: Another Solution

page 13: A Change Of Plans

page 14: A Swarm of Bees

page 15: The Intellect

page 16: Osain

page 17: The Thesis

page 18: The Gateway


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