For crying out loud SRD, I'd go through the soothtell to find out what you have happen to the beloved Land!!!!!"Halfhand," the na-Mhoram said. For the first time, Covenant heard excitement in Gibbon's tone. "The soothtell is prepared. All your questions will be answered now."
TC in his own, special way answers:
I can almost see the smirk on Gibbon's face....."What the bloody hell have you done with my friends?"
An interesting choice of words, asking if he CHOOSES to do this thing."The soothtell will answer." Gibbon was eager, hungry. "Do you choose to risk the truth?"
His newfound 'friend', Melma and Brinn both try to warn him, try to stop him from going through with this "soothtell", but he has no choice - he must find out the truth about Linden , Sunder & Hollian and maybe more importantly, what happened to the Land itself.
Gibbon dismisses Melma and turns to TC
He informs TC that Brinn's blood will be shed to provide the power to answer his questions."There is no power without blood"
Of course this infuriates TC, and he will have no more Haruchai blood spilled.
Ahhh TC, the master of diplomacy & tact....."I don't give a good goddamn what you do! Just leave the Haruchai alone!"
As he backs away, 2 riders grab him & quickly slit his wrists, pouring the blood required for the soothtell. Gibbon chants the beginning of the ritual & traces a triangle of blood around him - just like Joan."As you wish."
TC "exploded into vision" as the soothtell begins....
He sees first where Linden, Sunder & Hollian are, in cells inside Revelstone. Next SRD takes Covenant (and we readers) on a wild crash course of the last 4000 or so years of history of the land...
He sees things he already knew - the Staff of Law & its demise;
things he knew, but didn't witness, like Lord Mhoram's victory & the krill going into Glimmermere.
He sees the Council of Lords prosper for centuries, under first Mhoram, then others by turning away from Kevin's lore & using new ways to serve Earthpower.
And they did!!!
They healed old wounds & sick, diseased areas - Trothguard, Sarangrave Flat, even the old woods had been brought so back to health, that Caerroil Wildwood passed on, seeing his work complete.
They believed Lord Foul finally & utterly defeated - gone from existence:
They change the title of High Lord to na-Mhoram, in honor of Mhoram, and the council was re-named the Clave.Paradise seemed to be within thier grasp.
Life was good - or so they thought.
TC sees that Foul had not died, although he had been defeated like never before. He had been so reduced that the only thing that could save him was Earthpower itself!! SRD, where did you come up with this!!!!
He sees samadhi Sheol raver slowly take over each succesive na-Mhoram, bringing the council under LF's influence, and (This one is galling to me) as the work of the flourished and became easier, the Earthpower was slowly healing Foul and being diseased by the very actions of the Council/Clave!
He sees that the Sunbane and the Banefire were NOT defenses, but rather, the means by which Foul was gaining strength & mastery over the land once again - Foul, you bastard!!!!!! (sorry, that just slipped out heh)
He sees the destruction of the forests, the isolation of Caer-Caveral and the flight of the Ranyhyn and Raemen and he sees the blank spots, NOT telling him of Vain's purpose and why Linden was chosen.
he sees all these things and the weight of the land falls on his shoulders - it's all his fault - and he deserves to die "Or I Will Sell My Soul for Guilt"
Brinn tries to reach him as his life slowly slips away - and then the old leper instincts kick in & he decides to not give up, but to fight.But a voice spoke in his mind. Ur-Lord
Luckily, we are dealing with a Raver here and Gibbon decides that maybe he ought to have the white gold for himself and Brinn continues to try to reach TC.
Finally, TC reaches his breaking point - there are other answers to guilt (how about service, fidelity, trust, sacrifice, & love to name a few...)
He explodes into "wild argent" from his ring and proceeds to disarm all riders, heal himself and rages toward a level that "shocked the very gutrock of Revelstone"
Again, luckily, we have one our beloved Haruchai - staunch, resourceful beyond description, ever aware of there surroundings, in tune with the earth. Brinn brings TC back just enough to head down to the dungeons.
Brinn tries to manually unlock all the cells, but TC, being resourceful in his own right, BLASTS all the cells at once, freeing scores of Haruchai.
I'm not a big "quoter" but I think there is no better way to finish this than in SRD's own words:
Wow. I've got to catch my breath.Vain left his cell slowly. When he saw Covenant, saw Covenant's passionate fire, his face streched into a black grin, The grin of a man who recognized what covenant was doing. The grin of a fiend.
Two Haruchai supported Sunder. The Graveler had a raw weal around his neck, as if he had been rescued from a gibbet, and he looked weak. He gaped at Covenant.
Hollian came, wan and frightened, from her cell. Her eyes flinched from Covenant as if she feared to know him. When she saw Sunder, she hastened to him and wrapped herself in his arms
Covenant remained still, aching for Linden. Vain grinned like the sound of Lord Foul's laughter.
Then Brinn and another Haruchai bore Linden out into the hall. She lay limp in thier arms, dead or unconcious, in sopor more compulsory than any sleep
When Covenant saw her, he let out a howl which tore chuncks from the ceiling and pulverized them until the air was full of fine powder.
He could not stop himself untill Brinn yelled to him that she was alive.
The truth about the Sunbane.
Scores of Haruchai.
Vain grinning like "a fiend".
Linden near death
TC running out of "fuel.........