He was born in the ash among the Velothi,
anon Chimer, before the war with the northern men. Ayem came
first to the village of the netchimen, and her shadow was
that of Boethiah, who was the Prince of Plots, and things
unknown and known would fold themselves around her until they
were like stars or the messages of stars. Ayem took a netchiman's
wife and said:
'I am the Face-Snaked Queen of the Three in
One. In you is an image and a seven-syllable spell, AYEM AE
SEHTI AE VEHK, which you will repeat to it until mystery comes.'
Then Ayem threw the netchiman's wife into
the ocean water where dreughs took her into castles of glass
and coral. They gifted the netchiman's wife with gills and
milk fingers, changing her sex so that she might give birth
to the image as an egg. There she stayed for seven or eight
Then Seht came to the netchiman's wife and
'I am the Clockwork King of the Three in One.
In you is an egg of my brother-sister, who possesses invisible
knowledge of words and swords, which you shall nurture until
the Hortator comes.'
And Seht then extended his hands and multitudes
of homunculi came forth, each like a glimmering rope through
the water, and they raised the netchiman's wife back to the
surface world and set her down on the shoals of Azura's coast.
There she lay for seven or eight more months, caring for the
egg-knowledge by whispering to it the Codes of Mephala and
the prophecies of Veloth and even the forbidden teachings
Seven Daedra came to her one night and each one gave to the
egg new motions that could be achieved by certain movements
of the bones. These are called the Barons of Move Like This.
Then an eighth Daedroth came, and he was a Demiprince, called
Fa-Nuit-Hen, or the Multiplier of Motions Known. And Fa-Nuit-Hen
'Whom do you wait for?'
To which the netchiman's wife said the Hortator.
'Go to the land of the Indoril in three months' time, for
that is when war comes. I return now to haunt the warriors
who fell and still wonder why. But first I show you this.'
Then the Barons and the Demiprince joined
together into a pillar of fighting styles terrible to behold
and they danced before the egg and its learning image.
'Look, little Vehk, and find the face behind
the splendor of my bladed carriage, for in it is delivered
the unmixed conflict path, perfect in every way. What is its
It is said the number is the number of birds
that can nest in an ancient tibrol tree, less three grams
of honest work, but Vivec in his later years found a better
one and so gave this secret to his people.
'For I have crushed a world with my left hand,'
he will say, 'but in my right hand is how it could have won
against me. Love is under my will only.'
The ending of the words is ALMSIVI.
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