“The Astral Egg must crack. We are each of us an eggshell, and it must be shattered to release the truth within.”

Those words, tumbling out in a rising-and-falling singsong mantra, kept on issuing from each of the cultists in the room, their dark robes against the shadows making each look like a pair of floating hands and ominous lips. Shane swung the knife back and forth, wildly, but they were dozens and he was just one.

“The Astral Egg must crack. We are each of us an eggshell, and it must be shattered to release the truth within.”

“Get back! Back, or I’ll cut you, so help me!” Shane let loose with a knife-wrestling scream as his blade found purchase in a cultist who’d gotten too close.

The man tumbled to the ground. “His Astral Egg has cracked! We are each of us an eggshell, and it must be shattered to release the truth within,” the others continued. “The truth within has been released!”

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