9 "It is the only way ," smiled Gray Goat, "to
fight a war."
10 Splitting their army up into many small elements was dangerous, but
it succeeded. They swept through the villages of The Oneness like a
11 The Oneness at Hope came out to do battle, but as their ranks
marched forward, dark clouds hung over them. Gray Goat ordered his
people to strip off their armor and stick their weapons in the ground.
thought he was mad, but obeyed.
12 Suddenly, as he waved his staff before the advancing enemy the sky
exploded with lightning. The enemy's spears held high, caught the bolts
and they leapt to their armor. Those that survived ran screaming,
back toward their city, The Children of Spirit on their heels, so close
that the enemy could not close their gates. The Children of Spirit
stormed inside, and within hours the city was theirs.
13 At Soldier there was no lightning. For two bitter days the battle
raged. Then, in the afternoon of the last day, a group of Oneness
soldiers broke through the ranks and charged the hill where Gray Goat
and The First Speaker stood.
14 The First Speaker's Guard fought valiantly, but six of them pushed
through and went after Gray Goat. He wore no armor and his only weapon
was his staff, but it flew in all directions, and wherever it struck,
there was a 'CRACK' like thunder. It met one of the enemy's swords, and
with a loud CRACK the sword broke in two!
15 "Run!" cried the soldier, "Run! Their wood breaks steel!
How can we fight them? Flee!"
16 The soldiers fled, abandoning their women and children, knowing that
The Children of Spirit would not harm them. Now, the battle was set.
They had more than enough captured supplies. They held two enemy