Rise of the Phoenix.

Proteus, god of the seato Everyone

Everytime someone gets invaded, citizens trot out the \"rise like the phoenix from the ashes\". The thing is so trite and overused, it is akin to \"I will destroy you and suck the marrow from your bones and feast on you liver\" bluster most of you mortals

crowd these boards with. The truth of the matter is, it has been a damned long time since any city has had the type of glorious rebirth associated with a phoenix.

It is closer to the truth to claim that like the phoenix, you will burst into flames and burn to the ground. A better metaphor might be that you will rise from the ashes like a tenement slum and sustain an uneasy existence until someone knocks over an

oil lamp as they strut around ambitiously and sentences the city to its recurring doom.

In reality, it is those who haven't rolled the old phoenix out at every downturn of the wheel who have come closest to actually building a city from the ashes before the barbarians appeared at the gate again.

Fewer trite slogans and more quality action please.

Proteus, god of the sea

Written by my hand on the 26th of Eleuthral, in the year 1090.