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The Book of Nod
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Preface, by Aristotle de Laurent.


The First Times
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The Coming of Lilith
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The Temptation of Caine
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Zillah's Tale
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Tale of the First City
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And on the morning, Raphael came
on lambent wings,
light over the horizon
the driver of the Sun,
ward of the east.

Raphael spoke, saying
"Caine, son of Adam,
son of Eve,
your brother Abel
forgives you you sin,
will you not repent, and accept the
mercy of the Almighty?

And I said to
Raphael
"Not by
Abel's
forgiveness,
but mine
own
will I be
forgiven."

Raphael cursed
me, saying
"Then, for as long
as you walk this earth,
you and your children
will fear the dawn,
and the sun's rays will seek
to burn you like fire
wherever you hide always.
Hide now for the Sun rises to take
its wrath on you.

But I found a secret place in the earth
and hid from the burning light of the
Sun.
Deep in the earth, I slept until the
Light
of the World was hidden behind the
mountain
of Night.

When I awoke from my day of sleep,
I heard the sound of gentle rushing
wings
and I saw the black wings of Uriel
draped around me -
Uriel, reaper, Angel of Death,
dark Uriel who dwells in darkness.

Uriel spoke to me quietly, saying
"Son of Adam, Son of Eve, God
Almighty has forgiven you your sin.
Will you accept his mercy and let me
take you to your reward, no longer
cursed?

And I said to dark-winged Uriel,
"Not by God's mercy, but my own, will
I will.
I am what I am, I did what I did,
and that will never change."

And then, through dread Uriel,
cursed me, saying
"Then, for as long as you walk this
earth, you and your children will cling to
Darkness
You will drink only blood
You will eat only ashes
You will be always as you were at death,
Never dying, living on,
You will walk forever in Darkness,
all you touch will crumble into
nothing,
until the last days."