written by A. E. Stover
this version is not edited

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To know from whence you came
is to know to where you’ll go
and what you will become.

Knowledge is power.
Secret knowledge
is secret power.

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Eat your fill.

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I am the youngest of twelve. This, I have gathered from the accounts of my… family. We are a broken people, pitted against one another for the selfish desires of one man.

I carry the number three with pride — and with much apprehension. We all bear numbers on our souls; it is a testimony of our strength and ranking in the group when we were created, and to be ranked three out of the twelve is a wondrous achievement.

But I am not so full of pride that I cannot see the truth behind these numbers. Our rankings were decided on the day of our creation, many eons ago. We have changed since our first breath; some for the better and some for the worse. Already, one has fallen. There are eleven of us left, four of whom have abandoned us to be with that man and one who has disappeared into the strands of time.

The six of us have kept in touch throughout the centuries, and after much time fate has brought us together in one city. Our keepers, for the first time in decades, are young, strong, and passionate. With them, our numbers have grown; but with them, our strength has dwindled. They are young, but impulsive; strong, but inexperienced; passionate, but unwise. It does not take long for them to fall against the weakest beasts of shadow and death.

But just as the seasons change, so will they, shedding their reckless nature, their naïve hearts, and their ignorance to gain maturity, perceptivity, and patience. And as they each undergo their own transformations, so do we, my people. Our hearts, once hardened and unmoving, are now born anew in our human partners, open to new visions and sensations that the human world has to offer.

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