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ProceedManfrainstructed.WhathappenedtoCruafterthedestructionofthevillageoftheThrinnImean...whowashereallyandwhatwashispurposeManfralookeddownatthedeskforamomentthenanswered.CruisapparentlyamythicalpersonalityusedtoexplainthedifferencesbetweentheThrinnandtheirenemies.Asyouknowthatrstbattlealmosttwothousandyearsagosetthepaceforourgreatsocietytoday.Nowwhatcausedthesedifferencesissheerspeculation.WehavemanytheoriesbutsincenowrittenaccountexistedofthosetimeswecanonlyassumethatCruwasacreationofsomeofthemoreprimitivecultureslateron.WesimplydonotknowwhatcausedtheproblemsbetweentheThrinnandtheirenemies.HistoryhasshownustimeandtimeagainthatalthoughthemythicalstoryofthePeopleofKlannaandtheThrinnisextremelyfascinatingbothforitshistoricalvalueanditsliterarystylesocietycannotjustblindlyacceptitsexistencetodaymerelybasedonsuperstitionandmyth.AreyousayingthenthatoursocietywasanaturalprogressionasaresultoftheinteractionoftheThrinnandtheirenemiesMmmmm...thatispartlytrueyeshowevermyyoungfriendsitiswisetorememberthatsocietyhasproventimeandtimeagainthatitsveryexistenceisbasedonloyaltytothestateandourleadership.Wewouldhaveevolvednomatterwhatandthisissomethingallthehistoriansagreeupon.Anotherstudentayoungteenagegirlstoodup.But...areyousayingsirthattheentirestoryofthisCruandthebattlebetweentheThrinnandthePeopleofKlannawasnotthecruxofoursocietysdevelopmentManfrasmiled.ThatispartlytruehowevertheverynatureofmanistoservesocietyandtheThrinndidthis.Whenattackedbysuperiorforcestheydefendedthemselvesmagnicentlysettingthepathforallfuturesocieties.Theykneweventhenthattheonlywaytosurviveattacksbyoverwhelmingnumberswasforpeopletosubscribetoestablishedprinciplesandrulesandtoservetheirleaders.AsyouallknowtheKalaberynarethreateningoureasternborder.Withthetechnologywehaveappropriatedfromthemoverthelasttenyearsorsocoupledwithourowntechnologieswehavetheabilitytoutterlydestroythem.Weshalldosoverysoonnow.ThisissomethingwelearnedalongtimeagoandfromtheThrinnyouuseyourenemiestechnologyagainstthemespeciallywhentheythinktheyvegottheupperhand.Anotheryoungboystoodup.Sirhistoryhasshownusthatwehavedefeatedalmosteveryenemywehaveencountered.ButwhathistorydoesntshowiswhyisitthatsomanydifferentcultureshavesprungupdevelopedtheseinsaneideasthatmanisafreespiritwithdignityandhavefounditnecessarytospreadtheirpoliticseverywhereWhydontothersocialstructuresdevelopnormallyasoursdidTheyouthsatdown.Allwasquietnotasinglestirring.Nooneevendaredbreathe.FortoasksuchanimpertinentquestionconcerningthePerfectSocietywastantamounttoaskingforapublicogging.HoweverManfrawasmoredigniedinhisapproachtostudentsheknewandunderstoodtheimpertinenceofyouthandhowitmustbehonedforsocietyspurposes.Hegazedupontheyouthasafathertoason.Heremainedthoughtfulforwhatseemedlikecountlessseconds.Finallyheraisedhisheadhigh.HistoryhasshownusSothanthatoursocietyhasalwayswoneverystruggleputupagainstit.Itshalldosointhefuture.Whetheroursocietycameaboutnaturallyordevisedbyscholarswhoknewandunderstoodhumanfrailtieswecanbutsurmisebasedonourhistoricalevidence.Howeverinlightofthefactthatmanyso-calledfreesocietieshavesprunguptimeandtimeagainonlyshowsthelackofeducationtheignoranceofunderstandingthelessonsofhistoryandsimplybecausesomejustdontwanttorecognizemansfrailties.NowiftherearenomoreManfrawascutshortbythesoundoftheafternoonPledgeAlarm.Asifprogrammedrobotsallthestudentsstoodinunisonturnedandproceededinanorderlyfashionoutoftheroomintothecorridorwherehundredsofotherstudentswerealsoproceedinginanorderlyfashiondowncorridorsdownightsofstairsandonoutintothesmallschoolyard.TheretheentireassemblyoftheacademyteachersstudentsandarmedPartyGuardsstoodaroundtheagpoleholdingtheirrighthandshighupintheairtheyannouncedtheirpledgetotheagtheircountryandmostimportantlytheirleaderCayax.AftertheyhadnishedtheystoodinraptattentionastheklaxonsresoundedwithavoicewhichintroducedthenextspeakertheirrenownedleadertheindomitableCayax.Hisvoicewasascrispandclearasthebreakfastknellonalovelyspringmorningitgavenoindicationofthesixty-eightyearshislifeentailedoftheyearsofstruggletoholdpowerafterheattaineditinabloodyrevolutionthirtyyearsearlier.Alltheyoungpretendersmindlesssycophantsallviedwithoneanotherhopingtogainaccesstotheelderstatesmaneachwantingtobehissuccessor.Itmatterednothowtheywouldwhetherthroughdeclarationorassassinationaslongastheywereinpositiontousurppower.Nonehoweverhadactuallymanagedtocurryfavorfromthepowerfuldynamowholedhisnationintosixbloodycampaignsagainstotherwould-benations.Citizensthevoicepealeditissadtoinformyouthatonceagainourenemiesourishallaroundus.Aswehavetriedtomaintainourperfectsocialstructureoverthecenturiesmanyfalserepresentationsofsocietalintegrityhavesprungupandwehavecrushedeachandeverythreat.OnceagainanotherhasappearedtheKalaberynonthecontinentofAlman.Youdoubtlesshaveheardofthispatheticattemptatcreatingafreesocietyoneinwhichmansupposedlyexiststoserveahigherpurposethanthestate.30WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETMARCH2014