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Yeah, I've read The Truths. Delon's an interesting one, and I wish I could have met her. She was certainly passionate, and her rebellion, trial, and execution make for fascinating reading. I hear there's an outstanding play about her life performed in Dinish.

And I've read Musings on the Jewel by that navel gazing twit Brightforge. I mean, who does he think he is? By the Gods, at one point he starts blathering on that the Jewel was "like unto" a great Pearl, a perfect sphere where all aspects of Truth meld together. What a load of crap.

They can go on about the understanding of man not being able to comprehend the true nature of the universe, and all it tells me is that these morons have never actually interacted with a Deity. I have, and let me tell you, they are not some elevated, ineffable group. Most are petty, mean spirited children, full of power but not fundamentally different from the mortals. Heck, the Elves in the deep forest - the ones that never deal with the other races and have been watching through two apocalypses - they have a more inscrutable interaction with the universe. The Deities are what they are.

Take the Dharmus. There are two sides, and no amount of hemming and hawing about it is going to make those anything other than order and chaos. The order shapes the Jewel and the chaos fills it, and the two are in constant balance. The Lords serve order, the Anarchs seek chaos, and it really is that simple. It should be clear to everyone that ultimately, order is the driving force of the Jewel, and the Lords are therefore the most important of the Empyreans. As I said, the Jewel itself is shaped by order, containing chaos, and the other axes as well. Let those two bit philosophers debate the meaning of those axes - it truly doesn't matter to me. I serve order, and I understand the Truths.

— Maesa Quitella, Justice of Iuris


On most depictions of the Jewel, the Dharmus runs across the image, with order on the left and chaos on the right. In the next most common, the order side faces the viewer, and the Ecologus runs side to side.

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