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The Empty Path

The empty path is a phenomena more than it is an actual place. It can appear as a simple alleyway in a large city, a sidepath branching off the main road or beaten path in a wooded area. There are, however, a few things in common with this path in whatever manner it manifests itself. The path always has a bend in it that leads to the left, the path always looks surprisingly devoid of anything, stones and brush or rubbish and crates, and it gives those that look upon the path a sense of longing to walk down it. Some travelers easily fend off the feeling as idle curiosity to see where it leads but some give in to the temptation. Those that do find themselves somewhere the next day, or week, not knowing what had happened to them between walking down that path and now.   A curious phenomenon that overall seems harmless enough. Yet the fact that it causes this mindlessness this loss of self and senses is alarming to some, curious to others. Some scholars try without avail to learn the secrets of this path and how it functions. Monks and clerics sometimes seek out the path as a means to reach closer to enlightenment and/or their deity. In the end they all find themselves somewhere else with naught but a vague recollection of going down the path.

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