Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "Now then."
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "This sermon is applicable to all, from Viceroys to slaves. It
is about aspiration, the goals we set for ourselves in the course of our journey on the path of Evil.
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "Often our lives are consumed by the relatively mundane. We
become accustomed to the daily grind, month-in, month-out, perhaps hunting powerless denizens to
offer the corpses at an unholy altar, sometimes raising shrines torn down by blasphemous heathens,
milking some venoms, pickpocketing some bejeweled Cyrenian lady or another."
Your vision is met with the visage of a bored-looking Naga wandering unnoticed under the noses of
several befuddled Warden knights.
The Naga yawns as he cuts purses and snatches precious gemstones from the hapless nobles.
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "At our finest in this day-to-day life, we will perhaps
exterminate in the Eastern Ithmia and pike the heads of a few dozen savages, or perhaps half-listen
to the occasional sermon at the Stygian Crossroads while letting our minds generally wander."
Florentino displays his fangs in a menacing grin.
Sylcine, Maiden of Regret grins mischievously at Florentino.
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "I stand before you today to tell you that this lifestyle, no
matter if it seems, prima facie, to support the aims of Evil, and no matter if it eventually leads
to technical promotions out of slavery and up the ranks of Mhaldor, is fundamentally a quiet form of
transgression against the project of Evil."
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "It betrays a small-mindedness, a failure of ambition."
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "When we are at our most ambitious and audacious, when we
truly set our minds to the Seven Truths and our crafts, we become capable of much more impressive
tasks, those that greatly advance the will of our Lord."
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "These include infiltrations of enemy House estates or Master
Crystal raids, raising a string of shrines from our blessed city to the hovel Targossas, triumphing
in a series of heated debates with Babelonian madmen, and so on."
Scenes such as those mentioned fill your mind. In one image, red and black banners bearing the coat
of arms of Mhaldor dot a burning, ruined field of wheat.
Elsewhere, a towering Congregant preacher fiercely inspires the crowd, his cowled occult opponent
sheepishly hanging back.
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "It is important not only to succeed in doing these things for
their strategic value but for the sake of being impressive. Why is that? After all, is this striving
for impressiveness not mere vanity?"
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "I say no. Remember that our society's purpose is to serve as
both a model for lesser societies with potential to transform themselves into Evil ones and as an
annihilator of those peoples which cannot or will not."
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "We raise civilizations to greatness, or we destroy them."
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "When we focus on being as Evil as possible, which means
strengthening ourselves in mind, body, and soul through hardships that are both internally and
externally imposed, we achieve incredible feats which in turn cause members of lesser societies to
aspire to be like us."
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "Whether they are afraid, jealous, or envious they are then
that much more likely to strengthen themselves in accordance with the Seven Truths, or join us
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "Consider carefully where the next Blackrock or Enverren
Castle lies. All over the world there are adventurer and denizens who are on the brink of making
themselves worthy of the precious air they consume, and who need only the slightest additional
Settlements all over Achaea flicker into your imagination.
Here, the brutal gnolls whip enslaved Razahr and Mingruk. Elsewhere, well-equipped ogre knights spar
on the battlements of Dun Fortress.
Xepharius looks around in fear.
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "And imagine if a Mhaldorian had won the Staff. Throughout the
land, renown of Mhaldor would have increased, and our duties would have been fulfilled. As it is,
the triumph of the madman Jhui and the savage Iakimen increases perceptions of those societies and
their models relative to ours."
Florentino Milani says in Mhaldorian, "On the one hand, a highly schizoprehnic split between
suicidal annihilation of all Creation and equally contemptible apathy, or ridiculous worship of
inanimate or unthinking objects like rocks and rivers. Disgusting."
Florentino spits on the ground in disgust.
Vicious spits on the ground.