The current of the flowing river does not cease, and yet the water is not the same water as before. The foam that floats on stagnant pools, now vanishing, now forming, never stays the same for long. So, too, it is with the people and dwellings of the world.
- Kamo no Chōmei, Hōjōki (方丈記), 1212
Become the Tree. Your branches are your limbs, bearing Fruits that are your weapons and companions. Decide when and where to grow, and how far you allow your branches to reach. The mightier you are, the more adversity you attract.
Enemy comes from without to reap the spoils of the Tree for itself. Crawling along your skin, marching onward to your roots, seeking to feed and infect, turning your very body against you. Inevitably, your guard will vane, and the some of them will slip trough the cracks of your vigilance.
Shed infected branches and fruits, cut your losses in the literal sense, and grow with renewed vigor. The key to victory is willingness to change.
The goal is neither mere survival, nor the destruction of your enemies. You’ll need to dedicate part of yourself to produce Nectar at all times, in order to collect enough to claim Victory. However, every step you make toward your goal also brings you one step closer to defeat, as the sweet smell of success attracts your enemies in ever increasing numbers.