"Look up at the stars, child! Do you see the rainbow river running across the sky? It binds the Nine Realms together; the shining arms of Yggdrasil we call Bifröst. The rainbow rivers are the steam escaping the Cosmic Forge, the Forge of Souls. A million-million crucibles simmer with red glowing souls up in the sky. You see their lights shining far and wide: The stars that litter the black abyss of Almennótt. Beyond the veil of the night, great vats of stone hold the hot souls of our ancestors, and when our children are forged in the womb of mothers, they pour life into the new being as it forms. For as long as we live, that life courses through us. The blood coursing through our very veins are the cooling souls of the Cosmic Forge. Though not shining as bright as they do in the sky, the soul force within us is still red and hot, and it tastes of metal. Above all things, we fear that it freezes up in us, which is why many seek the heat of battle or the heat of a companion at night. As long as the blood beats red and hot in our veins, our souls remain immortal, for when it is spilled, its power returns to the Soul Forge to be heated and to light up the sky once more. This is why we bleed the dead. And choose those you enter the covenant of the blood with wisely, child, for to bond each other's souls, that means to become brothers and sisters beyond the veil of life and death. The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb..."
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