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Being a Green Mother

Being A Green Mother is a fantasy novel by Piers Anthony. It is the fifth of eight books in the Incarnations of Immortality series, it is discovered that young Orb, the Aunt of Luna, has the gift of conjuring natural music that emanates from things in nature. She sets off on a quest for a magical song known as the Llano, a song supposed to be the most beautiful imaginable. During the beginning of her search, she meets and helps a young Gypsy girl, blind, teaching her song and dance as such most men never see, she joins up with a circus for a short time, meeting there the man that would become War, realising after his unwanted departure that she is pregnant with his child. Upon having his child, she takes the baby, the young Orlene, to her Gypsy friend with the understanding that the woman would find her daughter the best possible home. On, she joins up with a rock and roll band, her magical singing allows them to lose their drug addictions, they quest together until she is approached by her mother, Niobe, in the guise of Fate.

She is told that she has been selected to fill the role of Nature, but that a prophecy foretells that she may one day marry Satan. Satan, attempting to fulfill the prophecy, kidnaps Orb and attempts to use magic to compel Orb to marry him, she frees herself with the help of Natasha, a man, seeking the Llano and has learned much of it. Natasha continues to teach her the Llano. Orb learns that the Llano has the power to control Nature and that she must learn it to assume her position, she finds herself falling in love with Natasha and decides to marry him. All is not as it seems, however, as Natasha reveals that he is Satan in disguise and has been attempting to court her according to the terms of an agreement he made with Fate: He will be allowed to court Orb without interference from the other Incarnations, but everything he says to Orb must be a lie, or part of a greater construct of lies, until he proposes marriage, when he must reveal the truth. Orb rejects Satan's proposal, demands that he teach her the final part of the Llano, the Song of Chaos, which she needs to become Gaea.

He does so, but warns her that it is a powerful weapon and its effects are unpredictable. She sings the Song of Chaos and it results in devastation on a global scale; the previous Incarnation of Nature tells her that the only thing that he knows that might reverse its effects is the Song of Chaos itself. She tries singing the song three more times, each time only results in more destruction; the destruction came in the form of the four elements—Fire, Air and Water—so if she sings the song a fifth time, it would appear in the form of the fifth element and erase the Earth from existence, returning all of existence to primeval Chaos. Thus, the Song of Chaos is Gaea's ultimate weapon. Desperate, Orb turns to the other Incarnations for help. Chronos tells her that he can go back in time and stop her from singing the Song of Chaos, but he needs the consent of all the other Incarnations to do it; the only one who objects is Satan, who says that he will only give his consent if Orb agrees to marry him.

Orb, faced with the impossible choice hinted at in the prophecy, declares "God help me, but I do love Satan" and agrees to the wedding. Chronos changes the past, Orb honours her agreement; the wedding takes place in Hell, Satan puts on a grand ceremony. As their wedding vows, the two each sing a song to the other. Orb sings a section of the Llano, meant to evoke romantic love, but Satan, surprising everyone, sings a variation of the hymn Amazing Grace—and vanishes. Singing a song forbidden to him, Satan abdicates as the Incarnation of Evil as a demonstration of his feelings for Orb. Having fallen in love with a good woman, Satan can no longer continue to hold the office of the Incarnation of Evil. Unlike the other Incarnations, Nature does not appear to have any tools of office; each Nature is different in how they wield the immense power of the office, but it is always shown as inherent, rather than because of any magical items. Nature is. Orb, uses the Llano, the ultimate song, to control her magic.

It can do everything from allowing her to travel to letting her control the elements to healing the blind or the sick. Nature's power is over all life, she is referred to several times as the most powerful of the earthly Incarnations. Oddly enough, she is the only Incarnation who does not appear to be able to stop time. Nature is unique in its transference in that it is the only Incarnation that does not transfer. One must qualify to be Gaea, needs to have near-Incarnation level power just to assume the office. Once that occurs, they can will themselves into being the new Gaea, if the previous Incarnation allows it. Like Fate, the previous Gaea returns to the mortal realm. Jackie Cassada in the Library Journal review says that "This conclusion to one of Anthony's most popular series abounds with the author's love for logical conundrums and coy humor." Being a Green Mother title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Lily Kempson

Lily Kempson was born Elizabeth Anne Kempson in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, she is remembered as a trade union activist, as well as a rebel in the Irish Citizen Army. She was the last surviving member of the Easter Rising of 1916. Kempson was born into poverty, her family, including her mother and father, James Kempson, her 92-year-old grandmother and eight siblings, shared a two-room home. At age 14, she was arrested and jailed for two weeks for participating in a strike at Jacob's Biscuit Factory in Dublin. By the age of 19, Kempson had become involved in the trade union movement. Like many of the most militant women sacked from Jacob's during the lockout, she joined James Connolly's Irish Citizen Army, a small group of trained trade union volunteers from the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union established in Dublin for the defence of worker's demonstrations from the police, she joined the rebel Irish Voluntary Army. During the Easter Rebellion, she was dispatched to help take over St. Stephen's Green She was given a gun and instructed "you’ve got to use this, but be careful who you hit."

When one of her the rebels attempted to abandon the group, she pointed the firearm at him and explained that no one was leaving. During the siege of Dublin, which lasted a week, Kempson served as a courier for Padraic Pearse and the others rebels inside the General Post Office, risking her life as she dodged snipers. Frank Robbins, a fighter in the Irish Citizens Army, noted that Commandant Michael Mallin "had to avail of the services of members of the women's section of the Citizen Army... Constance Markievicz, Lily Kempson and Mary Hyland gave invaluable assistance." When the fighting ended, Kempson was marked for arrest and imprisonment, but left for the U. S. using a relative's passport. In recognition of her role in the 1916 Rising, Kempson received medals as well a monthly pension from the Irish government. After she arrived in the U. S. and settled in Seattle, Kempson married Matthew McAlerney. The couple had seven children, Alice, John, James and Peggy, she was a great-great-grandmother of 5 at the time of her death.

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