Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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The words spoken by Luc and Columbine from across millions of light years, or millennia, were surprisingly clear: "the blue lines are Worm Holes, spanning both Space and Time, unpredictable and random – they shift and change from moment to moment; the pink lines are more predictable, with the use of this map, it is possible to travel consistently and quickly over vast distances; the yellow lines operate only through Time, enabling regular trips but only between two points; and the green lines only through Space, in variable Times; the map is necessary to make use of any of the Worm Holes; it seems that Sir Parlane MacFarlane and Dominic Doubleday have obtained a Map; look," and the universe vanished and was replaced by a large Earth, travelling around the Sun, and criss-crossed by the same coloured lines – it was like a map of the London Underground, but the pattern remained – Space/Time, Space only and Time only, and it was clear that there were certain hubs, where all of the lines interconnected, one of these points was the triple Eildon Hills and explained so many of the incidents which, in recent years, had brought so many strange disappearances and re-appearances: "but where did the bastards get their Map?" asked Lulu, still holding tight on my right hand; it was Little Levy, his face shining in the strange reflected light of the Earth, far below us, who spoke next: "first, you must understand that they were Free Spirits like us, but they took their identities by murder, and we believe that they stole the Map from another Free Spirit, Azael, leaving him to die in the desert, but he did not die, though he was robbed of his charisma, and from being an inspiring teacher and guide, his memory was cleared of all recollections so that, to this day, he wanders the desert of the Land of Nod, searching, but without any knowledge of what it is he seeks; that is what MacFarlane and Doubleday did, and just one good reason why we still strive to catch up with them, for the sake of Azael; but MacFarlane is as slippery as an eel, as sharp as a skelf, and it is not simply a matter of finding him somewhere, we need to catch up with the latest, most up-to-date appearance of himself and there destroy him!" and there was a squeak from Lulu: "izzat whit oor here fur? dae ye want us tae dae yer durty work?" and Little Levy chuckled: "no, that's probably our job; Gor is his base, the name is a reversal of the initials of th Ring of Gold and it's populated by the top echelon of that hedonistic cult – do you know how it was created?" when we admitted that we didn't, he explained that the planet Earth, long before any life form existed, had been much larger than it is now, and in it's semi molten stage, had such a strong gravitational force that it twisted into a shape like a barbell and eventually split and the two halves separated and drifted apart until they reached their present locations, on opposite sides of the Sun, unable to see one from the other, although on the same orbit around the Sun: "the Rulers, all members of the Ring of Gold, originally from Earth, abduct their victims from Earth and other vulnerable inhabited planets in the Universe and enslave them; MacFarlane – and there is nothing Rafflesian about him, he enslaved the indigenous inhabitants of Gor and forced them to work in the coal mines, salt mines, gold mines, diamond mines, cultivating the arable lands, he worked them to death until there are now no surplus mouths to feed, beyond the Ring of Gold, even Cecil Rhodes might seem a Saint in comparison, MacFarlane is only out for himself, a truly vile, ondful, evil and thoroughly nasty piece of workand he is the head honcho, although he is rarely there; he's been beaten to a pulp and blown to smithereens, decapitated and speared, but always resurrects himself; he can only be destroyed by Free Spirits, but we can never get close to him – which is where you three come in – we need you to track him down, at the latest point in his life, so that we can finish him, for once and all time!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Tuesday, January 29, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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