Miranda: Civilization builds. We invent architecture, agriculture, writing, scholarship . . . then, “magic.” Leveraging our power to hack the universe, using words to lock it in place.

Finally, some enterprising scholar asks, “Why can’t we make humans? Other than in the usual way, I mean.”

Sparrow: “We can build him. We have the technology.”

Miranda: So they give it a shot. They shape an Unshaped Being.

And they try, in their own turn, to fill it with light.

Golem: Happy birthday!