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Chateau Grief 58

Kore: I suppose it's horrible to live under his whims. But when everyone just goes along with it I can't feel much sympathy.

Marozi: You've got to understand the fear he generates. Doesn't it bother you that he can read your mind? He can find you out for anything and send a policeman to your door the next day...

Kore: Sounds like St. Nicholas. Be nice. Don't get on the bad list.

Marozi: If I was more clever, I'd be able to tell you...this terrible realization...that hits you when you face Xander for the first time. His eyes just stare right through you. He doesn't even bother to pretend.

Marozi: It's easy to imagine a fatherly capitalized 'God' rather than a capricious, omniscient schoolyard bully who enjoys making the peons dance because he's bored. That's why people here are so religious.

Marozi: They're hoping to find some deity to champion their cause...and oust Xander.

Kore: You don't fear him.

Marozi: I don't like to worry too much. The Resistance with thwart him. Soon, anyways.

Kore: How do you thwart the omnipotent?

Marozi: That ring on your neck, it's the key. He gives us the tools we need to defeat him.

Marozi: The Resistance is developing something called the 'diamond warriors program'. Each member carries a diamond to act as a psychic focal point. We learn to keep the telepath out of our thoughts through focused meditation.

Marozi: We train people. That's how we carry out our missions. Xander will never know we're coming. I believe in our methods. It's a hard road, but I'm confident that it works.

Kore: Feelings are all very well, but have you tested it?

Marozi: We haven't had access to a telepath until now. And he hung a diamond around your neck like a millstone.

Kore: I hate to disappoint but...if I were an omnipotent psychic...I would have managed to get back to my office by now.

Marozi: We'd better get back to the tanning shed. People will think I'm treating you unequally. If the group says you don't deserve it, no lunch.

Kore: Amazing how motivating hunger is.

Marozi: You're still a telepath.

Kore: Don't even get me started on whatever the hell you are.

Marozi: You make my point for me, you know that, right?

Kore: They weren't kidding about the smell.

Marozi: We don't kid on Eynhallow. Xander's Totally Not Kidding Act of 1975.

Author Notes:

So how do you thwart the omnipotent?  Dylan Thomas' oft-raised(list of uses in pop culture) answer: 

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,

Because their words had forked no lightning they

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.link

While cathartic...you'll note that night cometh without regard for the poet's emotional state.  Have a slice of literature with your comic today!