Oh! You found me! I really wasn’t expecting to meet anyone else here, so few would dare to walk here. Yes, yes I know you seek what is calling to you or you wouldn’t be here. Oh, don’t look so worried. It is safer for our kind than you realize right now, but you will come to understand that.
Our kind? Why those of the Left, of the darkness and night and twilight. Rökkatru, Jotunkin, Lokean. You braved the thorns and many trials to get here, so sit and rest. My fire is warm and I have food to spare (just don’t ask where I got it). Water too.
Who am I? Am I an elder? Pffft. I’ve been called that but simply don’t see it or really feel it. Besides I’m on a journey myself, and probably always will to some extent. So sit and relax.
When the Rökkr call we answer. When set on a journey we go. It isn’t a demand like a command from the Aesir on high. No simply a “This is needed. You should do it”. This grove you see is the end point for many peoples journeys. They get to this point and the further darkness, well, you get the idea. Beside you can walk the path that brought you to this grove over and over and learn new lessons every time. I’ve walked it many times myself, but I’m a dedicant of Firecrotch so by promises made and oaths sworn I walk. Have walked. Until know, but that is another story.
I see a sadness in your eyes, the sadness of loss perhaps? It was? Ah, I see. Yes it does happen especially for those of us who carry the Primal Wyrd of the Rökkr. Oh, trust me I understand all to well. Those who carry themselves with Truth and speak it are almost always driven away or turned on. Same reason that is has left a bad taste in my mouth for many of Old One-Eye’s followers. Of course it hurts when we trust and they finally see or we are forced to speak Truth despite the pain or the fallout.
Yes, the result can be incredibly venomous and I too have felt its’ sting. Words hold power and whether those words are positive or negative there are consequences. I know, it’s ok, tears aren’t weakness, let them fall. Hel, offer them to the fire. Loki knows I’ve shed my share. You are still here, so you must know that they turned on you due to the Truth. They caught a glimpse of it in the mirror that is you, in either you being honest with yourself or calling them on their serious bullshit. I know, no one wants to listen to a Lokean.
Don’t worry, the dagger is for rituals not for you. The only flesh it will know is my own. You see we, like our Gods/Goddesses know the Truth and the opinions of others matter little to us. We are the individuals who will stand and say “That is not right” or “You shouldn’t do that”. But then again I suppose we are also known for “Hold my mead and watch this”. The thing is though how often are we RIGHT?
They will say you have no honor, no loyalty, and are poison to the Wyrd of the community. Our poison is insidious. It’s the truth, it’s the power to question anyone and anything. We will answer things about ourselves with truth or circle talk depending entirely on the situation.
You look nervous, why? Oh yes, there are things moving just beyond the fire light, just behind the trees. Yes the can be dangerous. And frightening. Just like everything else. But here on this path, those like you and I are one of them in a way.
So whenever it is you return, remember that you are the smoky mirror who reflects truth. It is why you are so often blamed for things you would never do because what some see in you is actually what is in themselves and they can’t take it. They lash out, try to break the mirror. But they can’t, and it just fuels their anger further.
Get some rest, I’m sure your journey calls to you. Me? Oh no, no I am not going back down the path this time. I have been called to go further. You’re very observant, there is no clear path. What would be the point of faith if there were, if we were always shown the place to go. That’s boring. I’m going on my journey into that fully understanding I may not come out ever again. But I have no fear. Worry, but no fear.
Fair well young traveller, may your lessons never cost you too much.