You're not sure how much time passes as you make your way through the endless variety of bookcases, stacks, and monuments. Your eyes take in hundreds of titles, only a few of which are in any sort of language you can read. A docent offered you a map a while ago. You declined. A safety net removes the fun of getting lost. Finally, as your legs begin to tire, you come across a shelf that looks intriguing…

Shelf EAST 23O, dedicated to HAYUSHINLA, THE HATRED


Ah, it was so long ago that Hayushinla learned to hate. What was the first thing that caught his eye, that made him realize that everything in every world must be despised? It must have been a beetle. Yes, it is easy to picture him walking through his family’s garden, staring at the dirt, when he sees a crawling dung beetle. This insect, this supposed creature of heaven’s creation, he thinks, is doing nothing but rolling dung into a ball. For many hours he follows this creature, until the sun sets and Hayushinla must return home without light. The next day, as soon as day breaks, he returns to find a dung beetle and follow it. For several days he does this. Eventually he decides his observations are over and he has learned one clear thing: the dung beetle has no purpose besides rolling dung. It exists to feed from and revel in foulness. If such a creature can exist in this world, then surely the heavens cannot be beautiful. Therefore, the only justifiable reaction is hate.

After some amount of leisurely scrounging, you've collected a cozy stack of volumes.

"Stars" by Wanderer Roget
"Static of Nirvana" by Wanderer ZeroKai
"The Storm Is Passed" by Wanderer rumetzen
"A Series of Irksome Rectangles" by Wanderer Jack Manganese
"81st Turn, Seventh Year, Twenty-Second Cycle, Byrday" by Wanderer DrEverettMann
"81st Turn, Seventh Year, Thirteenth Cycle, Tresday" by Wanderer DrEverettMann
"81st Turn, Seventh Year, Fourteenth Cycle, Skalday" by Wanderer DrEverettMann
"Port Salinas" by Wanderer Trar
"To You, My Love" by Wanderer TroyL
"Red Bark" by Wanderer (user deleted)
"The Scavenger's Tale: Part One" by Wanderer rumetzen
"Seven Offerings to the Campfire" by Wanderer TroyL
"Doctors' Orders" by Wanderer Professor Elysium

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