5. Renewal — Elena Tiriel
by Elena Tiriel
In flame was I wrought; by flame renewed:
Fired. Red-hot coals purify my flesh, devouring traces of tainted blood.
Beaten. Heavy hammer-strokes meld my broken bones.
Folded. My spine stiffens, fusing strength upon strength.
Again and again do I suffer this handling, until...
Quenched. I hiss at the shocking chill, tightening my sinews.
Polished. My burnished skin glitters, runes of protection flashing.
Sharpened. Keen is my bite.
By my maker's skill am I hardened on the outside, flexible within — reflecting the radiance of Anar, the resilience of Isil.
After an Age of shame, I am once more fit to serve.
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