<b>In the Words of Triesta Tithis, the Blessed-Born</b>
We, the Eight, assembled here together in the Downside, and we gave our freedom so that you may yet have yours. It is an exchange we have not lightly made.
It is your charge to be free, and not to make the same mistakes. Spring from here, and learn from what we did, and build a new and great society, a free society, with wings spread wide for everyone...
Mercy is the beating heart of a truly free society. Mercy, even for the perpetrators of the darkest deeds.
Mercy shall engender union among all our different kind. We shall stand shoulder to shoulder, equals in the same society...
Each one of us within the Eight, besides the imp Ha'ub, we would have perished in the Downside had we not found each other and, together, formed our union.
Next to mercy, it is kinship that shall form the bedrock of our Commonwealth...
The fallen Empire of Sahr was ruled according to an ancient bloodline thought to be infallible. Our society shall instead be by those who earn the privilege.
As the Worthy, your true calling then begins, as you return to a society which longs to learn the wisdom you have gained along your path. The Worthy shall lead...
This Book cannot accompany you, if you should earn your freedom. It is to remain here, for your successors, for it is bound, together, inextricably, with us.
Beware of those who would dare to read it on the other side. Under their guise of seeking wisdom may yet lurk a much darker desire, to undo that which we strive to do...
Reader! Though you shall always bear a burden, it is much lighter than the burden of a lonesome exile.