“The Master is furious,” the General snorted as he and his assistant appeared through the gloom. “He knows his time is short, and he wants a full report immediately.”
“A full report he shall have,” replied Malsi. “Here come the troops for review, let’s see what they have to say.”
The General hovered over the gathered legions. “We must do all we can to defeat the Enemy’s purposes,” he shrieked. “Let me remind you of your mission, to prevent people changing allegiance, transferring from our Master’s kingdom into the kingdom of the Enemy. If you fail, and someone does defect, you must do all you can to make him ineffective so that no one else follows him.” His gaze slithered over the gathered masses. “Now bring your reports, and we will see how you can improve.”
Agares, Duke of the East, came and bowed low. “We have continued to stir up hate, violence and aggression,” he reported. “People everywhere are rising up against their leaders, all citizens are forced to become involved, and there is no escape.”
“Excellent,” crooned the General. “It is such fun to watch. You have annihilated many of the souls belonging to the enemy; they will be gone from the face of the earth and remembered no more. Well done.” His manner changed and he continued harshly. “However, there is no time for complacency; there is still much work to be done. Take Someillon, Prince of Hatred, with you and continue what you have begun so well. We must win this war.”
He waved his hand to dismiss them, and they and their legions sped to do his bidding.
Shalbriri, Duke of Blindness, came through the mist, bowing low. “Our work in the north is progressing as you planned,” he reported in his seductive voice. “The Enemy’s people are asleep, while our people creep in and multiply. That strategy of tolerance has worked a treat; our people object violently every time someone speaks against them. We have the citizens subdued and ready for submission.” He beamed at his commanding officer.
“You have done well, but don’t think it is over yet.” The General reached out to wipe the smile from the Duke’s face, assigned him two assistants and dismissed them. “Go quickly,” he shrieked, “the time is short and you have much work to do.”
He came to those from the West. “Aha,” the General looked out over the vast number of demons before him. “And what is your report?” he asked.
“We too have lulled the Enemy’s people to sleep,” reported Jezebeth, Prince of Falsehoods and Lies. “We have made them doubt everything He says, and we have kept them busy so they have no time to talk to the Enemy, which He wants them to do. The best thing is we have made them believe we come in peace; and that they must be tolerant and not criticise anyone.”
“Well done,” the General responded. “Our master is not called the Father of Lies for nothing, you know. How beautifully wicked and devious he is.” A bright light glowed far away through the gloom, but came no closer. “If we can keep the Enemy’s people from reading His book, they will believe anything,” the General continued. “A few speak out against us, but most of His people are so confused, they don’t know what to think.”
“The wisdom and power of our master is outstanding,” Malsi agreed. “Now here is Nicor, Lord of Tempests and Destruction.”
“Just the demon we need,” said the General. “What do you have to report?”
“I’ve never had so much fun,” Nicor reported. “I’ve thrown around many tornadoes, a few earthquakes and floods, famines and volcanoes too. It turns many against the Enemy who they think will protect them from any kind of trouble.”
“Well done, Nicor, you may continue. Take Mammon with you to help so they put trust in their possessions, to make sure it doesn’t turn them to the Enemy after all.”
“Our legions are doing well in our war against the Enemy,” the General confided to Malsi as the gloom engulfed them. “They must continue to think we come in peace, and they have no need of the weapons of prayer, faith and angels at their disposal.”
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