29 November 2015 at 21:41:10 MST
Count not on support; To rely is to be in bond
Unity invites weakness; To be separate is to be strong
Equality is the bane of economy; To be unequal gives worth
VOS ERGO DAS; VOS ERGO DAS
One of the lesser-referenced artifacts of Pennies-to-Dimes is the Sword that Divides. It is said that those who wield weapons forged from slivers of this divine artifact become men who need no armies; entirely self-reliant warriors, unfettered from the help and aid of others to pursue their own wealth and goals.
Texts frequently hidden by the Amalgamated Church (and in many circles, banned and written out of canon) claim that both halves of Pennies-to-Dimes fight eternally over control of the Sword that Divides. Pennies, the bird half, wishes to use it to create a world in which anything can be sold; To-Dimes, the rodent half, wants to wield the Sword to create a world in which anything can be bought. Ancient icons depict Pennies-to-Dimes clutching the Sword by its blade, ignoring their wounds and knowing that if one lets go the other will never share its power.
Admittedly, the sword on the icon of Pennies-to-Dimes was more of an afterthought and a means to cover up where both their heads meet their body. However, I rather liked the idea of a two-headed god fighting over something in a fashion that hurts them; sort of a karmic retribution for their greed.