John travelled, and "..went fasting as is the law." He had to venture through the land of the forest people and he did so with much caution because "The forest people could have killed [him] without fight if they had come upon [him]."
Finally he approaches the great river which caused him much struggle because "the current of the great river was very strong." This by far was the most he had been faced with yet, it made him "... grow angry" but this soon gave him strength to continue his quest. Later, he sees the shore at the place of the gods! He is ecstatic and ready for anything.
After his arrival to the place of the gods, he finds himself exhausted and he decides to take shelter underground. He wakes up only to see a large hound over him. John notices "he was not afraid of [him]" and that in fact the dog "...saw [him] as meat." John worries of what might have happened had he not woken up.
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The hounds chase him into a building but he is able to lock himself in. Here, he uncovers the truth about those he believed were "gods". He sees the "..dead god...sitting in his chair by the window." In this same room he has a vision and realizes they were in fact "...man...neither god nor demon" but human just like himself, this defied everything he knew.
All John could think about on his way back home was his discovery, he " had no fear going home" though "...twice [he] fought off the dogs and was hunted by the forest people." At the sight of his father John " prayed and was purified." He had " gone a boy and come back a man."
As John gets settled and is able to gather himself, he tells his father what greatness he saw, but also what he had uncovered. John urged to tell all his people but his father shared another bit of wisdom, "Truth is a hard deer to hunt, if you eat too much at once, you may die of the truth." John did as his father advised and looked forward to his reign in order to introduce everyone little by little to the truth.