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Orin

Surfacewards he has one name, of course, but below Orin has more beautiful titles: Deep-Diver, Lord of the Water Planet, Sword of Atlantis. The Speaker. The Fisher. King.

The first is truest. No other has the strength to follow the ocean floor to the deep trenches. The Earth suffers, but only down here does it groan of its ache.

He removes the gauntlet, presses his missing left hand into the ooze. I too am wounded, he says, with the great voice of his mind. I understand.

Not even the whales hear him crying; the rumble of ships is too loud.

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