“He emerged from that hole in the ground, into a wakin’ nightmare. Everything that wasn’t gone was twisted upside down. The world was frozen, air thick with ash. […] He found his wife-to-be asleep in her home. But when he reached out to her, she joined with all the ashes in the sky.

And so Zulf returned to where he proposed in the Hanging Gardens.
And there he stood, as if the gods would answer him.