Eight brought round pictures of the eight directions and are given the eight views from the tower.

Four brought round colors of the four seasons and are given the four inner corner rooms of the tower.

One brought a round mirror and is banished from the tower.

Eight more come with mirrors turned outward to reflect away incoming light, and are given defensive positions two at each of the four directions gates whose wall surrounds the tower.

And that orphan turned out of the tower into the fierce night, wanders the land.

One must go find her and restore the mirror of true reflection to the heart of the tower. Its very existence unsuspected and unknown, yet it lies at the center of what the tower really is, its very self-nature or essence, so to speak.

-- Norman Guberman

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