In Cyrus' palace, Everard sees a painted roof where a youth kills a bull and the Man is the Bull and the Sun. Outside, peasants sacrifice to the Earth Mother who was old before the Aryans came in a dark predawn past. The mountains are haunted by wolf, lion, boar and demon.
Near the Rhine, Everard shudders when the wind in the trees speaks with the voices of the darkling gods.
The wind seems to blow keener when Heidhin tells Everard that Edh is the chosen of a goddess.
Everard does not believe in Mithras, the Earth Mother, demons, gods or goddesses but he feels what their believers feel. He shares their experiences.