“Where does evil come from?” At precisely 9:00 AM, the professor began his lecture with this unusual question. Even more unusual was the chalkboard behind him, which read “Introduction to Astronomy”, to assure students that they were in the right class. An uneasy silence filled the room, as no one knew how to respond. “Consider this the course’s first lesson: I do not ask rhetorical questions.” The professor warned. “If you wish to proceed with the class that you, or more likely, your parents, paid so dearly for, then you will give me answers.” They all desperately hoped that someone else would speak up, but no one did. “Come now”, the professor continued, “Surely one among you is devout. Does the church no longer preach about the Devil? Or perhaps it is God who created evil? He did bring everything into existence, after all.” The professor could see some of the students scowl. His lips curled into a smile. “I can see that claim doesn’t sit well with some of you. Is anyone so bold as to object?” “I am.” A young man, clearly a freshman, spoke out. “Very well. Do you believe that God created everything that exists?” the professor asked. “Y-yes”, the student stammered, his bravado now waning. “And it is clear that evil exists.” The professor said, “Therefore, it follows that God created evil. QED” The student sat down, dejectedly. He knew the professor’s type. There was no point in trying to argue. Another student raised his hand and said, "Can I ask you a question professor?"
A word of wisdom's any that we say
A lord of wizards' orders, we obey
Accord with powers, astral, fell, or fey.
Affording us the might to light the way.
A horde of warriors, we aptly slay
A sword of water washes fools away
We will the winter winds to whip and flay
To freeze our foes who know they'll die today
Transmuting gold from lead, and life from clay
Transporting from afar without delay
To us, "impossible" is children's play
We overshadow gods to whom men pray
With warlords, kings, and sultans we parlay
Ally with us or life's the price you'll pay