Peril

If you know your own darkness,

that you may wield a sword

therein with precision undaunted;

and you know the darkness of

your antagonist, that no depth

of shadow might conceal his blow;

then, alone, will you never be in

peril. If you are reconciled with

your dæmons, but not with those

of your adversary, your chances

of vanquishment or defeat are

equal. If your fear of annihilation

is greater than the resolution

of your rival, no aggression may

be overcome. Courage begins

at that point, that moment, when

resistance overcomes submission.

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