|Chapter 15: Revelwood|
Lord Amatin looked toward Elena and Mhoram for suggestions, and Troy took the opportunity to ask, "The way and the door to what?"
With a chuckle, Amok replied, "Those who know me have no need for my name."
"Yes, I remember," Troy growled. "And among those who do not know you, you are named Amok. Why don't you think of something else to say?"
"Think of some other question," the youth retorted gaily.
Troy retreated, baffled, and after a moment Lord Amatin was ready to continue. "Amok, knowledge is the way and door of power. The Earthpower answers those who know its name. How great is the power of the Seventh Ward?"
"It is the pinnacle of Kevin's Lore," said Amok slyly, as if he were making a subtle joke.
"Can it be used to defeat the Despiser?"
"Power is power. Its uses are in the hands of the user."
"Amok," Amatin said, then hesitated. She seemed almost afraid of her next question. But she clenched her resolve, and spoke it. "Does the Seventh Ward contain knowledge of the Ritual of Desecration?"
"Lord, Desecration requires no knowledge. It comes freely to any willing hand."