(originally published on Warcry on 103.11.22)
He was not a physically notable person. He was not an especially accomplished pilot. But he was pure of heart, clear of vision and singular of purpose. He was the heart and the soul of Quantar. Although he would go “missing” for long periods of time, we always knew he would be right at the center of the maelstrom in time of need. Now, without his special strength, we are diminished.
I found a passage in my DSS literature library which fits my brother Malum well . . .
This was the noblest [Quantar] of them all;
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Brother Io;
He only, in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, ‘This was a man!’
I know my Brother now feasts nightly in the Hall of Hamalzah, and I rejoice in that knowledge. And although I know the Hand of Roh still guides our people, I wonder who could possibly hear his voice so clearly and communicate his message so strongly.
We will miss you, Io . . . I will miss you, Malum . . . the faithful will avenge you, Brother.