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X348 - Road, Sword, and Bow - The Call of the Tea Bandit - 001 - Who Once Was I

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Uploaded on Nov 17, 2011

Very few ever hear the call. It isn't so much a sound as it is a feeling... a tugging notion within, seeming to pull you in a direction, or motivate you to action.

Everyone who experiences the call of the tea bandit recounts it differently. Sometimes, they feel their calling came to them in their time of need; others feel they were gifted it from a higher power; and still others believe they felt the call for a greater purpose.

It's an exhilarating emotion. It stirs and excites, it "wakes up" an individual in such a manner that their way of life previously -- no matter how mundane or active it may have been before -- feels more like a dream, a surreal falsehood, than living.

Everything becomes clearer. The body reacts and the senses excite. The world becomes a place to experience rather than a place to merely live out a lifespan.

But a tea bandit does not remain a tea bandit forever. Either through fate, destiny, complacency, choice, death, or any other number of causes or reasons, every tea bandit eventually settles back into normalcy and back into the natural flow of things, feeling grateful for the experience, and, hopefully, content in their actions during their time as a tea bandit.

From there, an individual may live out a normal life, fading peacefully back into the dream they lived before. It is extremely rare that a tea bandit ever hears the call a second time.

It is said that those who do are destined for marvelous things... And this, is one such story.

"A tea bandit will invariably feel compelled to travel off the beaten path. This is his or her way, and it is the right way." -- Part of a very, very late entry in the Journals of X, the First Tea Bandit

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