"Brutal bugger, but he's handy to have around in a fight!"
In theory, he could settle down. But because he’s such a nice guy, he won’t.
Baugl, lost in the darkness beneath Hydra keep. Would that he had stayed in the shadow.
"Stay back! I’m a… a powerful wizard!"
Scale and bone and tooth and claw,
All are symbols of His law
Mourn not the fallen, sick, or weak,
They are His to claim and His to keep!
"We, who carry the weight of an empire. We, who break our backs that others might rest easily! We, who will be slaves no longer! Rise, my friends! Rise against the injustices done to you!"
It’s amazing what a huge amount of strain can do to somebody, what it can cause them to become.
"Did a BEAR just jump out of that mans backpack?!?"
"Yes sir, I believe it did."
Some parallel worlds have different time-flows, like the fabled dwelling-places of the elves: those who visit them under the hill for a night return to find that years have passed in this world. Perhaps it is the gate leading between the worlds which causes the alteration. If a gate were 'misaligned', the shift from '| |' to '| \' or '| /' as it were would lead to that difference, much as a light-beam split and bent by a prism ends up taking a longer path. There might even be a mathematical function linking degree of misalignment to alteration of time-rate.