We’re now transported “a few states away”, to a deep valley where a cluster of buildings “nestled like a lonely outpost in the center of the valley floor”.
The ranch looked like a huge hive of hideous black insects. Several layers of ruthless warriors hovered almost stationary in a vast dome of defense over the complex, swords drawn, yellow eyes peering across the valley. Deep within this shell, demons of all shapes, sizes, and strengths darted about in a boiling mass of activity.
So… hell is a farm somewhere in the midwest? Demons don’t have a spiritual home, but a ranch they turned into some kind of complex? Do angels have a co-up up in Canada? What is this?
These were spirits from the principality levels, princes themselves of their own nations, peoples, tribes. Some were from Africa, some were from the Orient, several were from Europe.
Wow. Does that read as really fucking racist to anyone else? “All them brown and yellow people, they’re all lead by demons. Also the European countries we don’t like. Demons.”
And hang on, isn’t Principality a rank of angels?
Rafar is visiting a demon called The Strongman,”one of the few majesties intimate with Lucifer himself.” “Majesties” — so we’re against royalty as well as foreigners. Anyway, the impression is given that Rafar is meant to become the leader of America, with the Strongman being his boss. Strongman is unhappy that Tal is in town, and personally asks about “the man of God and the newspaper man”. Our heroes have to be mentioned, of course, they’re the heroes.
Rafar gloats and rages and is totally full of himself, as a demon should be.