tomb, let alone remain in the temple forever.
But as he gazed at Ledley's tear-streaked face, his heart softened inexplicably.
“So, what do you want?” he asked.
Ledley wiped away his tears and looked up at Rico with a renewed sense of purpose.
“I want to create a great civilization, one that will never fade,” he said.
“I will have them worship you forever, beneath this very temple.
I will make a solemn vow with all the three leaf people that will never be forgotten.
Let them guard this palace from generation to generation, and let your faith be etched into their very blood.”
With these words, Rico was moved.
He realized that there was something deeply profound about Ledley's faith, and that perhaps he had underestimated the power of belief.
Rico shook his head at Ledley, feeling a tinge of pity for the man's naivety.
It was clear that Ledley's faith was deeply rooted in his being, but Rico could not share the same enthusiasm.
“These things only have meaning to you,” Rico said, his voice low and monotonous.
“They mean nothing to me.
There is no such thing as an eternal civilization.
Even the mightiest empires will crumble and fade away with time.
No faith, no matter how devout, can withstand the test of time.
Even the tallest and most impressive temples and stone statues will eventually be reduced to ruins.”
Ledley couldn't quite grasp the depth of what Rico was saying.
To him, these were untouchable mysteries that spanned across time and eternity.
Rico stroked the bone helmet on Ledley head, his voice taking on a hint of emotion.
“But if this is what gives meaning to your life, then so be it.
If creating a great civilization is your passion, then pursue it with all your heart.”
Ledley ask him.
“If one day I die, please take one thing from me and keep it with you,” he said.
“This way, I will be able to accompany God forever.”
Rico watched as Ledley left the temple, feeling a newfound sense of respect for the man.
He realized that Ledley was not just a mere bug that he had created on a whim.
He was a living, breathing being with his own set of emotions and beliefs.
For the first time, he saw Ledley in a new light, as a person worthy of his admiration.
The high temple that once stood alone on the island was now surrounded by the bustling God-given city, as the three-leaf people continued to expand their territory and population.
They had learned to revere their king of wisdom, Ledley, and attributed everything they had to the gods.
The appearance of the city marked the emergence of a touch of civilization on the previously deserted island.
Ledley's palace had been built in the valley behind the pyramid, where he and his children resided.
His sons had taken on various responsibilities within the city, overseeing construction, food, and warehouses.
As the city grew, the three-leaf people were divided into different classes, creating a simple system of power.
Ledley was the king, and his sons were the first three-leaf nobles, cementing their rule over the expanding population.
However, with the growth of the city came the issue of food scarcity.
The three-leaf people had exhausted their supply of bugs and soft-tongued snails and were forced to search for alternative food sources.
Drying plants on the bottom of the sea was not enough to sustain their growing population, and their hunting activities had emptied the sea near the island.
With thousands of people gathered together, their appearance was abrupt for this world, and the three-leaf people were not ready to meet the challenges that came with their civilization.
Ledley's concern was not just about the people dying at sea, but about the hidden crisis it represented.
The deep sea, once imagined as a peaceful source of food, had become a source of danger and death for the three-leaf people.
Many were lost at sea, never to return, and the city began to starve.
This was the Three-Leaf civilization's first crisis, and Ledley knew that they must overcome it to continue building their great civilization.
Without a solution, their growth would come to a stop, and all their progress would be for naught.
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