John the Baptist, Pan's most penitent son, left his pipes behind and wandered out of his family's wilderness and into a new one. He stomped out straight paths and let mud grow thick on his horns and his hooves. He ate locusts and wild honey and when he found a place with plenty of water he held his friends under the water and then lifted them back up. He was from the earth and he belonged to the earth and he spoke of earthly things. When Yeshua arrived, John stood aside like a friend at a wedding and said "He must increase and I must decrease," and somehow his joy was complete.

Later, they cut off his head so the king could hang it on his wall.