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Location Dying Earth, Ascolais
“Earth,” mused Pandelume. “A dim place, ancient beyond knowledge.
Once it was a tall world of cloudy mountains and bright rivers, and the sun was a white blazing ball.Ages of rain and wind have beaten and rounded the granite, and the sun is feeble and red. The continents have sunk and risen.
A million cities have lifted towers, have fallen to dust. In place of the old peoples a few thousand strange souls live.
There is evil on Earth, evil distilled by time…Earth is dying and in its twilight…” he paused.
T’sais said doubtfully: “Yet I have heard Earth is a place of beauty, and I would know beauty, even though I die.”
/The Dying Earth – Jack Vance
Night version: Ascolais and the Waxing Moon
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