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Samaria is comprised of ten tribes named Dan, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Zebulun, Issachar, Gad, Ephraim, Reuben, and Simeon, each led by their own chieftain. Ostensibly worshiping Chokhmah under the name El Elyon, they accept the polytheism of their pagan neighbors and grow steadily weaker until the king of Assyria, Sargon II, conquers them. Sargon deports most of the people and settles them to the east in Medea, where they slowly lose their tribal identity through interbreeding with the people of that land. Other members of the ten tribes escape to Judah and unite themselves to the people there, who later become known as Jews. Only a remnant, which Binah brings to Barbelo, retains their original identity and forms of worship. Binah does it to keep Chokhmah’s promise to Abram. Of the ten tribes, Binah selects only those families who reject the worship of Baal, reject the golden calves that were set up in Bethel and Dan, and also reject cult prostitutes and all other such forms of idolatry. Only those with zeal for God alone, some five hundred persons, are permitted to colonize Barbelo. The colonists name the land where they settle Haaretz.

After the fall of Demonstroke and the end of the World War, Haziel and Binah focus on the Judahites. The priests in Jerusalem call God “Yahweh” and depict him as a warrior-king, but unlike the northern branch of the family they never erect idols to represent him and by and large they hold up their end of the bargain that Abram once made. Thaumiel’s hypothesis that humans could never remain devoted to an eloah if they were left to themselves utterly fails. For in Judah a great nation has been raised up to Abram, the children of Israel, and all of them keep the covenant of Abram. They reject the false gods of the neighboring peoples and worship Chokhmah alone.

On account of the faithfulness of the House of Israel, Thaumiel no longer has valid grounds to call for the destruction of the whole human race. Thus the oracle of Chokhmah is fulfilled when she said to Abram, through Melchizedek, “All the earth shall find blessing in you.” Chokhmah would never tolerate Thaumiel carrying out the destruction of mankind on Earth as he so often threatens to do, even if he still has the power of life and death over the nephilim on Barbelo. Chokhmah believes Thaumiel is still looking for any reason to prove the world-dwellers are a danger to elohim but the faithfulness of the House of Israel goes a long way toward laying Thaumiel’s accusations to rest. It is clear all of the elohim need to come to terms with the planet-dwellers and learn to co-exist with them.

The first true king of Judah, King Hezekiah, removes every vestige of polytheism in his kingdom, including the high places that had existed under every chieftain since Rehoboam. He even destroys a bronze serpent that some said was made by Moshe himself, because it too had become an idol. Hezekiah refuses to serve the Assyrian king Sennacherib, who is the son of the Assyrian king who destroyed Samaria. Sennacherib therefore lays siege to Jerusalem and forces King Hezekiah to pay a tribute of thirty talents of gold, eight hundred talents of silver, gems, antimony, and many jewels. Also paid in tribute is carnelian, couches and chairs inlaid with ivory, elephant hides and tusks, ebony, boxwood, and other rich treasures, along with Hezekiah’s daughters, his wives, his musicians, and servants both men and women. King Sennacherib takes all of these things to Nineveh. To prepare Jerusalem in the event of another siege, King Hezekiah constructs an aqueduct to bring fresh water into the Pool of Siloam inside the city.

Binah withdraws the Ark of the Covenant from the temple in Jerusalem, lest it fall into the hands of enemies. Both Binah and Chokhmah, like anyone else with a modicum of wisdom, can easily guess that Jerusalem itself will soon come under direct attack from the rising empire of Babylon. The prophet named Jeremiah makes great hay stating the obvious in his scrolls. The Ark is relocated to the kingdom of Nath in Haaretz.

During the reign of King Jeconiah, Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon personally lays siege to Jerusalem. Jeconiah surrenders to Nebuchadnezzar and is taken captive to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar takes all the treasures of the temple of Yahweh and deports the army, the craftsmen, and all the leading citizens of Jerusalem. He also appoints Mattaniah, the uncle of Jeconiah, as king and changes his name to Zedekiah.

When King Zedekiah also rebels against Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar gets truly angry and his whole army advances against Jerusalem to lay siege to it. King Zedekiah attempts to escape the city but he is captured and brought before Nebuchadnezzar. The sons of Zedekiah are slain before his eyes, and then Zedekiah himself is blinded, bound in chains, and taken to Babylon to live out his remaining unhappy days. The Babylonians burn down the temple of Yahweh, the palace of the king and every house in Jerusalem. The walls of the city are also torn down and the surviving people of the city are taken into exile in Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar deports about fifty thousand Jews to Babylon. Only a few of the poorest people and a handful of renegade army officers remain behind in the Judean hills, and these soon flee to Egypt for fear of the Babylonians, leaving the land entirely vacant.

At that time Lael, a scion of the house of David, goes about the countryside in Egypt claiming that he has been taken in the flesh to see the other world with his own eyes. He also says that servants of Yahweh have given him a task that he must carry out to the letter. From among the exiled remnant of the tribe of Judah, Lael is commanded to seek a man with four unmarried daughters who is willing to allow them to be trothplighted to his four unmarried sons, even though two of Lael’s sons are yet young boys.

From the tribe of Benjamin, Lael is commanded to find another two couples to match yet another four young men with intended brides. All of these couples, six from Judah and six from Benjamin, are to travel to Barbelo, as the world which Lael has seen is named, where they will grow and thrive safe from the Babylonians and the Egyptians.

This is the full tale of the exiles from the tribe of Judah chosen to journey to Barbelo. There is Lael and his wife Sariah, Zethan and his wife Atara, Elam the eldest son of Lael and his new wife Serach, Jemuel the second son of Lael, and his new wife Iscah, Rosh the third son of Lael and his betrothed Sela, and Rimon the youngest son of Lael and his betrothed Dinah.

From among the remnant of the tribe of Benjamin, Lael chooses Abner, who has four sons, and Jabez, who is willing to allow his four daughters to marry them. And so this is the full tale of the colonists from Benjamin: Abner and his wife Tabitha, Jabez and his wife Keziah, Asa the eldest son of Abner and his new wife Jemima, Josiah the second son of Abner and his new wife Keturah, Tobiah the third son of Abner and his betrothed Susannah, and Asher the youngest son of Abner and his betrothed Leah.

And it came to pass that the twenty-four colonists sojourned from Egypt to the downfallen kingdom of Judah, which is completely vacant, and every dwelling has been looted by the Babylonians and completely cleaned out by robbers from the neighboring kingdoms. The Judahite and Benjaminite colonists make their way through the charred debris littering Jerusalem and stand in the place built by Hezekiah that is called the Pool of Siloam.

Lael leads the way into the Pool and descends the underwater stairs until he is completely immersed, and he comes not again out of the water. One by one, the people following Lael overcome their fear and enter the water. There is a sensation of a twist under the water, and they emerge from the pool again, but things have changed. Instead of an underground cavern, they are now surrounded by many trees, and the sky is violet. Men and women attend to them with dry clothing to replace their soaked rags. These people say they are from the tribe of Issachar, and there is great rejoicing, for Lael and his own people know they are all common children of Israel who have been sundered one from the other for more than a century.

The Issacharites tell the colonists that Barbelo has been home to the ten tribes for years but now God commands that Barbelo be settled by remnants

of the house of Judah and the House of Benjamin. In this way the covenant God made with Abraham would be fully restored, and they would never again be faced by Egyptians nor Babylonians nor Assyrians nor Philistines. They also reveal the tribe of Issachar settled in the city of Nyduly in the forest known as Canterwood, which stretches along the southern bank of the river Sabik, and they are skilled in felling timber and all manner of woodcraft. But their women were the first to fall away from the exclusive worship of God, for they listened to the women of the House of Sala who seduced them to Binah, and the Issacharite women in turn enticed their men to worship Binah as well. The sacred pool of Binah in the heart of Canterwood is the location Binah herself has selected for the open portal to Earth.

As gently as possible it is revealed to Lael and his group from the southern kingdom that not all of the children of Israel in Barbelo worship God alone. For God, so they claim, has a daughter, and some, including the tribe of Issachar, worship this eloah they named Binah in addition to God. Lael listens to the words of the Issacharites, but he makes no reply to them, for such words required much consideration.

On the second day people of the tribe of Asher join them, having traveled down the vale of the river Nanki from their city of Alnitar. The men of Asher provide shields for the men among the colonists crafted from outlandish trees that grow in the south. These shields are hard enough to withstand the strokes of any axe or blade, for the trees they had been fashioned from can be cut only by fire, yet they are much lighter than comparable shields made of bronze or iron. The Asherites reveal that they also have broken away from the sole worship of God and worshiped his daughter as well. This troubles the colonists of Judah and Benjamin, who had not thought it possible Yahweh would accept some children of Abraham falling away from worshiping him alone. Yet their presence on Barbelo is obviously a divine miracle, and the efforts of the remnants of Samaria to help restore the fallen southern kingdom in another world cannot not be denied. In all truth this apostasy troubles Binah, for she greatly honors her father herself, obeying Chokhmah in every thing he asks. Binah never commands her Samaritan or Jewish followers to abandon Chokhmah nor his law, although in later centuries her Gentile followers are released from observing the purely ceremonial aspects of the Code of Moshe.

There are more visitors to be received before Lael’s journey can begin, and like the Issacharites and Asherites they are also Binah worshipers. On the third day men and women travel down the river from the city of Eltan, home of the tribe of Zebulun, bearing many small tools and other goods that will be useful for Lael’s group to start their colony in Haaretz.

Fish migrate from Thalury to the source of the river Nanki, and many men in Alnitar make a living catching them. The tribe of Zebulun built the city of Eltan far up the valley of the river Nanki, and it is a crossroads in the trade between Kurgan and Hamar. There caravans unload their goods to be set on rafts made from logs felled from the endless forests covering the mountains to the south. The rafts then are allowed to drift down the river to Alnitar or to Sadl, and after they were unloaded the rafts themselves are sold as raw timber. Eltan, too, has converted to the worship of Binah.

On the morning of the fourth day Lael and his group are led on a journey east until they reached the river Sabik, where they made camp. There Hadraniel the king of Hamar arrives from the city of Menkant to speak with Lael, accompanied by members of his court. King Hadraniel tells Lael that the tribe of Manneseh was, in the beginning, faithful to God alone, but that after a century and much convincing evidence they have converted to the worship of Binah like most other tribes in Hamar did. The king says the Manessahites settled in Menkant in the valley of the upper Sabik between Mount Rasal and Mount Menkant, and it is the leading city among the five tribes in the south, which form the kingdom of Hamar. And the king has brought a small flock of livestock, which he orders slaughtered, and a feast is prepared in honor of the newcomers from Judah.

On the fifth day the steadily growing group crosses the river Sabik and are come to the foot of Mount Menkant. There they are met by travelers from the tribe of Naphtali who came from the city of Wazol at the foot of the Wall of God. The Naphtalites bear gifts for Lael’s group in the form of precious stones for the women and girls to wear and also to serve as easily portable tokens of wealth to be used to purchase the things Lael will need when his colonists reach their destination. The tribe of Naphtali settled in the city of Wazol at the very headwaters of the river Sabik, and the Wall of God looms over it. Wazol is a rival city to Fatho, for it is engaged in mining as well, and if ever one city tries to corner the market in one metal or another, the other city undercuts their prices. Yet the city of Wazol retains El Elyon as their only God, and looks with disdain on the heretics surrounding them who follow after Binah as well.

Then there was more fellowship and rejoicing, for since the fall of Samaria to the Assyrians the “lost” tribes in Barbelo had enjoyed no contact with their kin from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin of the former southern kingdom. All the long history of their misunderstandings and conflicts since the first division of the family seemed to be forgotten.

On the sixth day King Hadraniel and his entourage take their leave, and Lael’s group is led further west, until the Wall of God begins to loom over them. They cross the upper reaches of the river Arhena and enter the lands of the tribe of Dan in the kingdom of Nath. At length they come to the city of Fatho, where Lael and his group are given much silver and gold. The tribe of Dan built the city of Fatho at the foot of the Wall of God, where there were many natural caves and mines dug by men, and they reap many underground treasures buried there.
Turning then north and west, Lael’s group cross a shoulder of Mount Fatho until they arrive on the evening of the seventh day at the city of Kabark, home of the tribe of Gad. The city folk bring forth the bounty of the rich farms of their land that was watered by canals leading from Lake Enkaa like the threads of a spider’s web. The tribe of Gad built the city of Kabark on a rich plain south of the river Armak, but here also the land lacked for water. So they built a mighty work, a dam of cunning stonework upon the river, which backs up the river into a man-made lake called Enkaa. Then the tribe of Gad dug many canals and ditches from the lake toward Kabark, and using this water they have planted farms that are the envy of Haaretz.

On the eighth day Lael and his group arrive at the massive stone wall that is Enkaa Dam. From the west, people of the tribe of Reuben come forward bearing baskets of delicious fresh fruit of a kind none of the colonists from Judah have tasted before, for they are native to Barbelo. The tribe of Reuben has built the city of Mizal at the foot of Mount Narutha, but the land about is dry and impoverished, for the mountain cast a rain shadow. And ever in years past the tribe of Reuben made war upon the Gold Beards of Linan to the north for the rich fruit of the orchards near that city. At length the new colonists prevailed and drove all of their native rivals out of Linan and extended the borders of Nath thither.

On the ninth day when Lael reaches Adjara, men of the tribe of Simeon provide pack animals for their goods, and two of these animals bear sufficient arms for twelve men. Chokhmah did not wish to leave the followers of Lael defenseless against the yeng or men they might meet in their new colony, whether they be from the House of Sala, or the House of Larund, or even their own brothers from the House of Israel. The tribe of Simeon built the city of Adjara on the western edge of the Shaula Wood and it was a great crossroads in that land. Adjara was the center of the weapons trade in Haaretz. Another Temple of God was constructed nigh to this city, very much like the one in Jerusalem, and there the Ark of the Covenant was safely brought to rest within the “heavenly” Holy of Holies.

On the tenth day Lael’s group went a short distance to the west of Adjara to the site of the temple of God on Barbelo, which men of the whole House of Israel have been working on for more than a century, and it is still under construction. Yet Lael and his people weep with joy, for it was already nearly as glorious as the original temple constructed by Solomon had been, and the people traveling with Lael speak to their hosts of how Nebuchadnezzar had pulled the first temple down to ruin.

King Thausael of Hadal arrives then with his entourage from among the tribe of Ephraim. That tribe has built the city of Hadal far in the north and east of Haaretz, in a cool vale between Shaula Wood and the very face of the Wall of God.Hadal was the leading city in the kingdom of Nath. The Ephraimites bear with them the authentic Ark of the Covenant which had been given into the keeping of Solomon at the time when he was the leading chieftain of the House of Israel. The Ark was withdrawn many years later when Chokhmah feared Judah was too weak to protect it, and lately the line of Kings in Hadal have been appointed to be the guardians of the relic.

Yet it was now God’s command that the Ark should pass into the safekeeping of Lael and his sons to preserve the commandments of God among the colonists, and also to preserve the history of all the children of Israel in Barbelo. Included within is the White Scroll with the Code of Moshe and many writings besides. And King Thausael says it is appointed for Lael and his descendants to preserve on the White Scroll the new history of his colony. The task is given for Lael and his family to bear the Ark on two staves through rings in the corner of the artifact. And when they were not bearing the Ark Lael’s four sons set the ends of the staves through four stones given to them by King Thausael. The stones have been drilled through with holes. Every time the travelers pause, says the king, these four stones are to be set on pillars of greater stones gathered from the ground around the encampment. The king says the Ark must never touch the ground, and save for the lid the Ark must never be touched by human hands nor brushed by the hide of beasts.

Then the king commands Lael to journey alone with his twenty-four kin and followers to the west until they reach the far side of Eliath Wood, where a choice land has been prepared for him. But Lael will never be abandoned or forgotten, for the oracles of God come only through the Ark, and ever men of the House of Israel would come seeking for them.

Not many days after Lael’s death in the new colony in Haaretz, about sixteen years after the migration from Judah, Elam and Lemuel are angry with Rosh for the admonitions of their father that came out of Rosh’s mouth at regular intervals. The old man was dead, may he rest in peace, but here was little Rosh spouting Laelisms as though the old man somehow lived on through his third son. Rosh’s older brothers eventually seek to take his life because they would not have their younger brother rule over them. Before they can carry out this deed, however, Rosh flees into the wilderness with all that would go with him. Rosh takes his own family, and also Zethan and his family, and Timon with his family, and Jared his younger brother who was born on Barbelo, and also the sisters of Rosh. The Benjaminites however remain in the land of Shedal near Glenah Wood. This is the fertile place that Lael’s group had first settled and farmed after crossing to Barbelo from Earth.

A great religious controversy is born in the parting of Rosh that would result in much bloodshed. For Rosh takes the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the White Scroll, and the Ark also possesses a kind of director, which was one of the two decorative cherubim on the golden lid of the box. This director points to the way they should go and begins to spin when they should halt. The people in Rosh’s group descend from the broad upland around Shedal southwest to Thalury. When they arrive at a point on the coast where much fish can be obtained, the pointer angel on the Ark begins to spin in contentment. Rosh calls this area Suhair. They plant seed on the gentle slopes inland from shore and raise flocks of animals on the golden hills that rose north and east of the sea. Rosh also makes many blades of bronze, “Lest the Benjaminites should come upon us and destroy us.”

Many people come from elsewhere in Haaretz to approach the Ark of the Covenant. They come to speak directly to Chokhmah and also to receive his commands. Some of these pilgrims are asked by Chokhmah to remain among the people under Rosh and mingle their blood with the Judahites.

After the death of Rosh some of the Judahites journey up the coast until it forms a narrow strait with the Isle they called Elendal lying off-shore. Some of the Judahites mingle with the indigenous peoples along the way. Most of the native people of the area are Gold Beard nephilim of the House of Sala, although some are also Black Beards, and they make their homes along the seashore. When the nephilim join with the humans, jan and ambe begin to appear for the first time on Barbelo.

But Jared, brother of Rosh, and most of the people push ever on until they reach a large river that pours from the east directly into the strait. There the Judahites found a settlement called Akamar. There the White Scroll and the Ark of the Covenant pass down from Jared to his son Jachin, then to his grandson Omar and also to his great-grandson Abidan. And when Abidan has grown old and feeble, it is deemed by the people that Akamar has grown large and strong enough that Abidan’s son Baruch should be acclaimed a king. With his mighty deeds, and wisdom, with the help of prophets from elsewhere in Haaretz, and by slaying hundreds of Benjaminites, King Baruch establishes peace in his land. For the rest of the king’s life, there would be peace in the kingdom of Menkal, which was what the Judahites call their homeland with it’s many islands and bays.

King Baruch has a son named Mered, and the king makes certain his son received a good education. Mered meticulously studies the laws and histories recorded on the White Scroll, and Baruch tells his son that the scroll is the only thing keeping the Judahites from dwindling in unbelief like the Benjaminites on the plateau to the east.

Then comes the time when King Baruch wants to go into retirement. He tells his son to gather the people together outside of the city so he can make the announcement. But that would be just a formality. Baruch gives his son the actual reins of power immediately. Additionally he passes on to Mered the Ark of the Covenant.

In the morning the people arrange themselves around the chief gate of the city in tents, with each family separated one from another. The door of each tent s faced so the families can stay inside their tent yet still hear the words of King Baruch as he speaks from a specially constructed tower. The king speaks of his life in service to the people, and how he even labored with his own hands that the people would not be unduly burdened with taxes. Yet he does not bring this up to boast, only to affirm that he has really been in the service of Chokhmah all along. The King says he served Chokhmah by serving his fellow human beings. And he also says that he only brought this to their mind to remind them that if he, their king, labored much to serve the people, then how much more the people ought to labor to serve one another.

Then Baruch tells the people he can no longer be their teacher or their king because he is very close to going the way of all flesh, and indeed it is only by the constant sustaining power of Chokhmah that he is even able to stand there and speak to them without collapsing. He concludes his speech by declaring that his son Mered is already their king and ruler.

After a time prophets from Hamar appear in the land and are sufficiently persuasive that even the sons of King Mered, Dishon and Ginath, become converts to Yeshua.

It comes to pass in the fullness of time that Dishon and Ginah refuse to accept the crown from their dying father, who insists that his sons renounce Yeshua before ascending to the throne. Effectively without living heirs, King Mered is forced to establish a system of popularly elected magistrates to rule Menkal instead of a king. Higher magistrates could overrule lower magistrates, but a council of lower magistrates could impeach the Chief magistrate.

Neriah the Younger, himself a convert to Yeshua, becomes the first elected chief magistrate of the Judahites. King Mered reluctantly gives to him the White Scroll and the Ark of the Covenant, and he dies soon after.

Dishon (with his wife Hatita) and Ginath (with his wife Junia) then undertake a mission to the east to preach Yeshua to the Benjaminites. Dishon and his wife are taken captive in Shedal, where they become servants of Prince Lamoni. There Dishon miraculously preserves the king’s flocks from predators and Prince Lamoni becomes a convert to Yeshua soon thereafter. Eventually even Lamoni’s father King Sarfael is converted to the People of Yeshua, he and his entire household.

King Sarfael decrees religious freedom for all Benjaminites. Many people in the lands of Shedal, Glenah, and the cities within Glenah Wood all convert, and they begin to call themselves Dishonites. After that, King Sarfael dies.

The unconverted Benjaminites prepare to make war against the apostates, but the Dishonites are so filled with remorse over the Judahite blood the Benjaminites have long shed they become pacifists to the point of declining to even defend themselves. When the hard-core Benjaminites see the prone state of their prey they abort their attack, and many even convert to the People of Yeshua on the strength of the passive witness of their intended victims.

To the west, in Menkal, a merchant named Eliada tries to restore the kingship, with himself as king, naturally. The people vote nay but his followers continue to regard him as king. After that, the Eliadaites wage war to seat their king by force, but the Judahite army soundly defeats them. Neriah the Younger personally slays Eliada.

Neriah then nominates a magistrate named Micah to replace him as chief magistrate, and this is confirmed by the people. Neriah steps down from the top job because he observes that the people, much like Eliada, are becoming increasingly wicked, proud, disdainful of outsiders and neglectful toward the poor. Neriah fears the whole House of Judah is on a path to self-destruction. So after he resigns his post as chief magistrate Neriah begins traveling from city to city to preach directly to the Judahites.

Neriah begins to teach in the heart of the city of Akamar, where his call for social justice is well received by the poor, but his message is rejected out of hand by the wealthy and powerful of the capital city. Neriah then moves on to the cities of Difda and Sukai, with very much the same reception. From Difda he travels by ship across the strait to the seaside city of Suhair, whose leading citizens prove even more hardened than those of the previous three cities.

After a renewed persecution by the unconverted Benjaminites, Dishon leads the Dishonites west to Menkal, where they are given land in the southern part of Elendal Island from a large stock of empty land that Chief Magistrate Micah always keeps on hand for just such an emergency. But General Rufus of the Benjaminites has tracked the missing Dishonites west. In the lower vale of the Menkal River the general gives battle against the Judahites but Captain Eshton of Akamar leads the Judahites to victory against the Benjaminite attackers.

When he grows old Neriah gives the White Scroll and Ark of the Covenant to his son, Rabsaris, for Micah is not a convert to Yeshua, and Neriah does not give the sacred relics to the man who replaces him as leader of the people. Then Neriah is taken in slow stages by Issacharite priests to the Pool of Yeshua, where he is permitted to see the other world before he dies. And his body is never found anywhere on Barbelo.

Micah promotes Captain Eshton and makes him the commanding general over all the Judahite armed forces in the face of an impeding general war with the Benjaminites. A large force of Benjaminites gathers together at Grand Mound, led by General Azza, and this force includes many Judahite dissenters who worship Chokhmah alone. The Benjaminite army attacks the Judahites in the land of Suhair and the battle rage north toward Akamar, ending on the banks of the Menkal River just south of the city. In the battle General Eshton’s forces protect themselves with finely molded body armor for the very first time in Barbelo history.

After winning the initial clash General Eshton sends spies to the Plateau to investigate the enemy’s weak points, and he moves his force by hidden animal tracks, known only to sympathetic locals, to surround them.

General Eshton march forth under his Manifest of Freedom, a standard that he raises to rally the Judahites to defend their liberties from the group of dissenters who want to establish their leader as a king and who were even willing to ally themselves with the hated Benjamites to do it. General Eshton is so angry with the dissenters, who are led by a man named Paulus, that he tears his cloak and writes upon it, “In memory of Yeshua, our freedom, our peace, our wives, and our children.”

With these words he rallies the Judahites to defend their families and their liberty, chasing away the Benjaminites and the Judahite militias loyal to Paulus in the process. Any Judahite dissenters who manage to survive are put to death by Eshton. The Benjaminites are scattered to the east. Then Eshton raises the Manifest of Freedom upon every Judahite tower. Soon there are many more such towers, for Eshton erects a fortified line of cities on the edge of the slope that forms the border between the Judahites and the Benjaminites. After that the Judahites greatly prosper, while the Benjaminites steadily diminish until they become little more than scattered bands of highway robbers.

As the years wear on the borders of Menkal are gradually extended east to encompass Glenah Wood and they are extended south to Mount Narutha and the mouth of the river Sabik. And in afteryears it is said there never was a happier time, before or since, among any of the children of Abram.