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Obviously he nonetheless has a number of believers left. And now—" He went right into a huddle along with his Angli specialists. within the pause that undefined, all may possibly see that one of many small son-figures had slowed to a cease, and seemed disoriented or sick. yet a close-by Angli stooped and patted it solicitously, and it quickly revived and ran on. The a little shaken commentator used to be asking the Angli, "Why do you hold with you these—uh— it appears residing gods of outdated lifeless religions? i might imagine that your one actual god or gods will be sufficient? " "Ah," stated the Angli (some of whom might now converse a number of Earth languages fairly well), "but you notice, the minds and spirits of these who worshipped these gods are nonetheless in us, lower than the skin of civilization. And civilization can fail. after we observe that a type of previous divinities is transforming into in energy, in power, certain? it offers us caution. Too many between us are unknowingly worshipping these characteristics back. So"—he made stamping motions—"like small fires, we positioned out quickly. you spot? yet now—" The making a song had fallen silent, and for a number of breaths not anyone moved; there has been a sense of whatever imminent. Into the silence there stepped, or materialized, a tall, robed and veiled determine two times the peak of any that had long gone ahead of. It was once definably girl. As she got here down the best way, her face grew to become towards the dignitaries' stand; she gave no signal, yet there has been a concerted indrawing of breaths, virtually a puff. throughout her unmarried eye used to be a domino masks; within the depths of its commencing can be noticeable a deep spark of smoldering red-gold. yet the place the remainder of her face and head may be was once simply black vacancy below the hood. Her clothing moved as if masking a gaunt determine, yet no toes or arms published themselves. the place she handed, little ones concealed their faces of their plants. And the road of Angli bowed like willows in a silent wind. Beside her paced an alien animal that she looked to be restraining on a choke-chain; one among her lengthy sleeves descended to its head, yet no hand might be noticeable. under the creature's eye was once a tangle of tusks and harsh fangs; its limbs have been coarsely padded and savagely spurred, and its expression used to be a mix of coldness and hate. as soon as, as she moved, her beast lifted its head and gave out a long-drawn baying sound, and the far-off thunder growled. As this apparition neared the stand, it was once obvious nice unmarried regal seat used to be positioned for her except the others. during this she seated herself impassively. the encircling Angli had dropped to what may were a kneeling place in people, and the close by people involuntarily became their eyes away, and dropped their heads low. "This is she whom we now worship" the Angli by means of the announcer stated. "She has many names yet just one essence. the following chances are you'll name her The legislations of reason and impact" "What is the . . . the animal? " "That is her software of vengeance of all who violate her commandments. both figuring out or unknowingly. hear! " From all over the horizon got here the echo of a baying sound. "Alas, my terrible acquaintances in your Earth—you don't worship her, yet I worry your race has performed violence to her legislation.