The Wisdom of Fools is a book by an unknown author. It can be found in the Royal Library in Empo Sar.
The Wisdom of Fools
The Wisdom of Fools
Once upon a time, in a tiny village of farmers, there
was a little boy known as Edward Longville. Edward
lived next to a river from which he could fish every
day until he got enough to bring back to his mother
for dinner. On one such day, Edward heard frightened
voices nearby, so he decided to investigate. Running
up the steep slope to the cave where the voices were
coming from, Edward saw that he had not been alone in
hearing the voices. A slightly bemused looking crowd
had gathered outside the cave, facing three men who
with their backs to the cave entrance and their
audience. Two of the men were bickering between
each other, whilst the other was desperately but
unsuccessfully trying to encourage the crowd behind
him to enter the cave and face away from the cave
"Please, villagers, come into the cave! Do not look
outside!", said the first man, who Edward recognised
as Coris, the slightly eccentric town seer. "It came to
me in a vision! All who do not do as I say will perish!
Please, come into the cave!"
"What's that?", whispered one of the two bickering
men to the other, nodding at the flickering shadows
on the cave wall in front of them.
"Oh my... it's them! Be gone, creatures of Phobos! We
didn't mean to disturb you".
"Quiet, stupid! Ask Coris".
"You ask Coris".
"Hey, Coris?", whispered the first man.
"I have foreseen this day! Please villagers, heed my
words!", said Coris, ignoring his two companions.
"You can't see the present through the beard of
yours Coris, let alone see the future", sneered one of
"You must stay out of the light and not look into the
valley, please come in here with us. Come to safety!"
ignoring the villager.
"Coris?!" whispered the first man once again, slightly
"WHAT?!", bellowed Coris angrily.
"Is that... them?", the first man whispered, pointing to
the shadows on the walls of the cave.
"No you prat. That's the shadows of the people behind
us leaving, now shut up!", and he continued to try to
encourage the villagers into the cave, however none
of them took any notice of him and they all trekked
back to the village, grumbling about the seer and his
"Look! There it goes again", said the first man, staring
at another shadow on the cave wall in front of him.
"Quiet you fool! Look how big it is!"
"I came back... with my mother", said Edward with his
rather pink faced mother panting beside him.
"Excellent boy", exclaimed Coris with delight. But
then his face fell slightly. "It's a shame none of the
other villagers could see the wisdom of this
foolishness." "What is this about, Edward?", asked his