The E Stone had always been able to manipulate mankind from its cradle in Africa. The climate and the vastness seemed to make it more aware of its surroundings.
The Epiphany stone knew it wasn’t as strong as it had been in the past, losing the human form of James had helped , so to had the company of Marcel and the Abbey but it knew it was only getting weaker.
The climate was one factor, the moderate climate of the North of France was always going to be a drain ; this and the constant good luck of David and the incarceration of Mr Blanc had brought it down to new lows. It could feel things giving way, one major problem was that it was sure if it had control anymore?
Drastic action had to be taken to correct the balance and it meant letting go and formulating a new plan.