Everyone has an ill-advised shoulder-demon. And even shoulder-demons get time off from the duties of tempting (though it’s not very hard work). Spath is just such a demon, of the spotted variety, more ill-advised than most, and particularly ill-coordinated. Spath is sometimes helped and sometimes soundly dispatched by dendrons, smaller creatures of the vice and virtue genus, whose feelings about Spath and shoulder-demons generally tend to oscillate a great deal.