Book I - part 3
In the DreamTime...
But many were Men of Magic - the Sierncemen - in the DreamTime, and Kings and Daemons were of power, but the Siencemen were those who dreamed the magic into the hands of the Kings and Daemons.
It was the Siencemen who dreamed the Stone Trees, and the Sciencemen who answered the cries of the Kings and Daemons.
The Siencemen knew that the power of the Stone Tree was not just its fire, but also its Great Noise.
The men of magic decided to use the Stone in the Tree to make a Great Noise to call forth the very heartbeat of the Earth itself and hear the Earth answer the call of the Stone Tree. By doing this they would look into the soul of the Earth and know what lived there.
And so almost all of the Stone Tree seeds were gathered and given to the Siencemen, and yet the Kings and Daemons kept some to cause each other fear.
And the Siencemen took the Stone Tree seeds to a great southern land of ice and snow and buried them, ready to call them forth at a precise moment and listen to the echo they made on the soul of the Earth.