"Now listen closely, because this bit is very important. Existence, in all its forms and splendor functions solely on one principle: God is infallible. To prove Him wrong would undo reality and everything that is. Up would become down, black would become white, existence would become nothingness. In essence, if they are allowed to enter that church, they'll unmake the world."
"Once upon a time, there was a golden city. In the centre of the golden city, atop the tallest minaret, were three golden balls. The ancients had prophesied, that if the three golden balls were ever taken away, harmony would yield to discord, and the city would fall to destruction... and death.
—Opening narration from The Thief and the Cobbler
Drizz'l: Well, that's the Earth Orb. To possess it is to possess the soul of the land. If I had to guess, I'd say those are the other orbs, namely water, wind, and fire. In short, this room appears to contain the four primary mechanisms that uh... control... everything...
Garland: Oh, that's useful.