TITLE: The Beginning and the End
GENRE: Dark Fantasy
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Next a soft, sexless voice issued from the speakers strategically placed on rooftops around the city, from tabletop radios across the land.
"Mankind is weak; let us give you strength. Mankind is divided from within; let us mend you. Mankind is devoid of spirit; let us fill you.
"There are those wish to lead you away from the path of righteousness with temptations of pleasure and excess. Do not pay them notice for they will crumble to dust and fade away. Come to the Universal Truth. We will show you the way."
The announcer explained, "The previous announcement was paid for by the Friends of the Church of Universal Truth."
Dead air reigned for a moment before becoming host to a voice once more. This was a feminine voice, the voice of promise, a sultry invitation to awakening.
"Are you lonely, unhappy, terminally ill? Do you pass through life only a spectator to your own automatic actions? Within the walls of Adara Vega you will find serenity. Let us heal you, empower you, nurture you. Let us show you the path of transcendence, of desire, of love. Come to Adara Vega. We will show you the way." As mindless music returned in all cities across the land, within people's minds sprouted the seeds of desire.