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    The Dawning
    A strange voice echoed though-out their minds, a soft and distant echo of someone far-far away.
    " ....Yes, and so it was. I fell through the glass, and upon my back the clouds raced past me. Then... I was back their again. Where the sun is always setting, and those green fields take you. "

    They laid in the endless fields of grass. A brilliant sun hung upon the horizon, caught in a cycle neither dawning nor setting. Its wondrous light filled the world brightly, always, and forever. There stood a sole tree upon the endless plains. A sole figure stood looking out upon the light. A breeze blew across the grassy fields. Jeska and Koriah laid upon the grass, seemingly asleep. The Lord Raven, Kole'fein rose to his feet, using his blade as a crutch. He breathed deeply, apparently fatigued from the daring world jump. "....We made it. " Kestal and Kal stirred upon the ground.
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    Eris

    Still processing everything that had happened, the Magister looks around in confusion before turning to the Lord Raven. "I think you need to tell us what just happened there. I gather that 'Angel' is not our friend?"
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    The Son Of Night

    [Kal Enters The Game]

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    The Seraph snaps up to a crouching position. His hands ready to draw his sword. He barely breaths as he takes his time surveying the immediate area around them using his blindsense. He sighs deeply and relaxes his hands having surveyed the area is relatively safe.

    [Kal does an IC equipment check of everything he currently has in his possession. Inventorying everything]

    He sits back down slowly as if everything takes extra effort and he lacks the energy to do so or if he were to move to fast his body would fall apart at the seams. He thoroughly inventories all of his equipment items including and everything in his bags of holding. When he finishes and packs everything away. He looks up to Kole'fein. His eyes still glazed from the past events. "Kole'fein?....What in all the terrible hells this world has to offer just happened?" He pauses trying to replay everything he could sense in his frozen state. "Did I hear Airu?"

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    Seeing Kal pat himself down and look in every pocket, Eris tilts her head in confusion, though Kestal seems to pick up on something. It seems he's used to finding himself with either new things on his person or with things missing when he's forced to flee like that. Not a bad habit to start, though we have precious few places to hide anything.

    Seeing the reason in it, Eris, at Kestal's urging, pats herself down and does an inventory check as well.

    [Eris does an IC inventory check to see if anything is missing, moved, or suddenly in her possession where it previously wasn't]

    "Who or what is an Airu?"
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    The Lord Raven, The Son of Night & The Daughter of Evenings

    The Raven leaned upon his sword as he stood. "The Chapter Angels guide and protect The Chosen... But there is no Chapter Angel after the Tenth. I do not know what your Generation has done. The Cycle... It's time has been restored, but it has not been 'Reset'... and so. Somehow... You and your lot created an Eleventh Chapter, and an Angel unlike any before..." He limped forward, streams of silver light beginning to stream from his body like wisps. He ignored the Seraph, and marched forward towards the light, and the figure in the distance who did not bother to turn about. " ...Speak." The Raven took out a black glass-like shard from one of the deep pockets of his large burgundy coat. He tossed it at the man's feet. "...Restore 'Silent Departure'. Eleventh Chapter, No Arc, First Line." The shard vanished, a silver energy radiated through The Raven. He stood upright as if renewed. " ...Is that all." The Raven spun his blade, the long scabbard forming in his off-hand as he sheathed the blade. "No. No. That's not all... Withhold the First Arc. Initiate the First Arc, within the First Line of The Petrichor of The Eleventh Chapter." The man continued to stare off into the distant light. His black hair blowing in the steady breeze. He nodded. " ...It is done." The Raven nodded. "My thanks." He turned about talking to the disheveled group. " Leave the Dame here. This is perhaps one of the last places I can think of outside of Rain's reach..." He picked up Koriah and put her over his shoulder. "I'll take this one with me to The Citadel. Somehow, someway, The Call for this Chapter has resurrected Mirren's existence into the Legacy. If those vision's were any clue, I believe she intends to destroy the Legacy and raise Evenfall from the Ęther. This Chapter has no order, this Chapter was meant not to exist at all, and as such... she intends to bend and break whatever she may. But something is not right... I must gather The Order. Maythalin should have come if this was truly Mirren. Whatever this is, this is something new... I must go. I've delayed the First Arc of this Chapter as I do not know what The Angel intends to bring upon us. Return to The Garden when you are finished here. Perhaps your mother possesses some insight to all of this. Come to The Citadel when you are finished. I hope you can discover something about all this..." He struck the air with his sword's scabbard cleaving a void of light. He turned back to Kal, tilting his head to the side with a familiar smirk on his face. "...The Tiger is dead." He stepped through the void of light and was gone.

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    Eris

    Before she could stop him, the Lord Raven was gone, and her shout of "WAIT!" vanished uselessly into the air.

    Frowning, she turns to Kal'Fel, the black shard in hand, "Alright, that's enough!" She grips the shard tightly enough that her knuckles turn white and her entire body seems to shake with barely constrained rage. "I need answers, who is this 'Mirran' and how do we stop her, since she seems bent on breaking the universe? How long do we have to 'finish here' and what does that even mean? Finish what? As far as I can tell, we just came here in a blind panic, I don't even know where here is! How long has this 'arc' that the Raven spoke of been delayed? What is this thing?" She holds up the black crystal, "And where did he send Nadia?!"

    Calm down, we'll get no where if we upset him. We can't overpower him and we need friends, do we not?

    Glaring still, Eris tries to take a deep breath, and her voice is still filled with anger, though it is obvious that it isn't directed toward the seraph, "How are we even supposed to get to this 'Garden'? And even if we do, I can't ask for help figuring out what happened because I don't even know what to start with! I'm sick of not knowing what is going on, so talk damnit!"
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    The Dawning

    The man looked up to the sky. The first gesture he had made. Though he did not turn to face them. His hands still in his deep pockets, his monotone voice spoke out somewhat absentmindedly; "...A Shard of Despair and Hope." He sighed in a manner somewhat forlorn.

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    Eris

    As the man speaks up again, Eris finally turns her attention to him, almost as if she hadn't registered him before, but before she can open her mouth Kestal cuts her off, Quiet! You need to shut up and listen, so until you can do that, I'm taking over. Furious as she was, Eris knew sound logic when she heard it, and she always did have trouble resisting her sensual half, allowing her to take control.

    Though not as diplomatic as her better half, Kestal'Fel was far less enraged by the continued chaos, though she does frown as she pictures the image that Nadia had sent her just before their parting and realizing that it may be some time before she can take advantage of that. "What do you mean," she asks, much more calmly than Eris was as she wipes away the moisture on her eyes and steps toward the man. "'A shard of despair and hope'? Does that mean this can help us? How? Eris was upset, but she still asked questions that we need to know the answers to."
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    The man's gaze was still locked upon the sky. His features completely obscured by the light of the eternal sun. He sighed before speaking; "...The Shard is useless to you. Born of adversity and blissful ignorance. I gather the pieces as payment. My tribute is memories... If you've something to request of me... Present your tribute, and speak."

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    Eris

    While Kestal is taking over, Eris is relieved to not be in command over their body anymore, not trusting herself at the moment. And, being cut off as she is, with nothing to do but think, she has the perfect opportunity to try and clear her mind and figure out what needs to be done.

    What should we request from him that would best aid my friends and I?

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    Son Of Night

    The Seraph rises to his feet. Turning his attention to the two of them She deserves answers. He thinks to himself. 'I myself remember being this lost and alone in this cold world. A mortal, a pawn in a game amongst gods that are so selfish they would destroy half of existence to meet their goal.' He finally speaks as he comes within arm's length of the young troubled girl. "Airu is well lets say an old friend and I can only imagine Nadia is safe where he is now as much as I can hope. We will discover this together. Now, we only have as much time as required my dear sister. No more no less. So we can not tarry here." He then puts a hand on her shoulder using his presence to try to calm and reassure her as much as he can. He has no kind words, no promises of safety for that would be a lie even for his newfound power. He gives her the only thing he can offer her right now. He just looks down on her and offers a smile unlike he hasn't given to anyone in a long time. A smile that is genuine and empathetic. "As for our travel arrangements do not fret I will have it taken care of. I will take you to The Garden to meet our Dear Mother. If I did leave you here of my own free will. I am sure Mother would put my head on a pike for all to see." He laughs at that and continues. "We will tell her of these new developments and from their Mother will send us to where she requires us to go. Whether it is The Citadel or elsewhere. He uses his true seeing to try and get an idea about this new figure. He then he turns his attention to this new figure. As he does he rests off hand on the tsuka of his wakazashi as habit for strange company no matter whom they are. "I don't know who you are. To be quite honest I don't recognize you or believe we've met in our travels. But if my friend can trust you then so shall I as well. Who are you stranger? You're clearly powerful having some control over the Legacy and the timeline able to withhold arcs but in all my years I've never met you. If you are as powerful as you appear to be however I could use some assistance. Nothing overwhelming: Most importantly I need to find a way to learn how to use the techniques possessed by Airu known as the 'Spiral Arms' a task given to me by our Mother. My own personal tasks are much more mundane restoring my Taiyou to its former power by finding all of its other copies and the original. Then much smaller tasks like restoring my broken sword and unlocking another. Any help I could receive in these tasks is appreciated but I digress, My dear sister has much more important tasks and the decision on how this shard used is not mine to make it is my dear sister's choice in the end. But I think she requires some time in how to word her requests on what best suits her and her sibling's interests or if she would rather not do business with you at all sir and rather someone else. So let me fill that by void by telling a story that I hope you find enlightening."


    " Now relax for the tale I'm about to tell is old. I hope it can answer some of your questions.
    I will tell you what I know and plainly as my foolish mind can remember.

    Long ago, The worlds were watched over, protected by 'The Three Keepers of Balance.'
    They were The God of Valor, The God of Sorrow and The Goddess of Misery.

    Then the worlds fell into Chaos by a single man. He brought with him something horrible a force that he created. We all know as The Void. As You have seen The Void eats away at the very fabric of that universe and that time. Very much like you experienced earlier. During this ancient time, The Void ate away at everything destroying the separation between The Night and Evenfall. In doing so whole worlds collided and changed. The multiverse of Saern, and EvenFall fell into The Night. While The World, of Light and Night, fell in on itself. All of this became one universe and with it something new came to life, The EverNight.

    The Evernight is a void of nonexistence on Aetherfal. The only thing separating The Night and The EverNight being The Veil. In The EverNight an unimaginable number of souls were trapped. Most of those souls were crushed within the bleak waters until they returned to nothing more than energy to be reborn something new. However there were those whose souls had resisted became something inhuman which we call a Basmae'al.

    It's thought that Basmae'al were one of the first creations of the Old Gods along with people of Saren. I was taught that Basmae'al were children, products of The EverNight and Protectors of it and would destroy those who would threaten it. They're ancient beings indeed. I've encountered Basemae'al of all different kinds in my youth. When I was a young man I studied at a place known as BaronHeim. I tried to recover from past mistaekes by learning everything I could of this world's lore. I did my best to study and learn about the ancient myths. I was also there when BaronHeim fell. I did my best to flee, I was young did not have the ability then to face them. I watched my Teacher a great powerful Magister fight to the bitter end. I only wish I could save him. He could rip the bodies lesser Basmae'al to pieces in one motion. He possessed magick thought long forgotten to our world. Even at my strongest before I became The Seraph of The End, I could not kill a Basmae'al. When I went blade to blade with a single Basmae'al was not long ago. It was a powerful being. The Mirror of Los Vaelos. He is Damas'ky's brother and The Keeper of Elevation. Even then I was lucky to walk away with my life.

    Now that you know, I can tell of Mirren.

    Mirren is the living, physical persona of The Goddess of Misery. She is or was a Basmae'al. She was before my time mostly...This woman enjoys pain and suffering of souls. There is no end for her hunger of it. Which led to her crafting a weapon of great power.

    She had control a powerful cult of Assassins. You might know them as The 'Night Bells' among the strongest of those calling themselves 'The Death Bells.' They were a cruel lot. They were like living shadows in their skills to conceal themselves and kill. They had ancient powerful rituals behind their work. Beyond all that, The Night Bells claimed The Goddess Misery had a son by the name of Dark Or well the Bells claimed he was...He also had a brother named Naris. He was a Captain of the Night Bells. Dark was known as a powerful man capable of legendary power. Now, Mirren was thought to be long dead and has somehow returned. But I digress now dear sister, my story must stop there.

    I'm sure you have questions as it is and we do have business with this Stranger. He simply cannot wait for all of eternity."
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    A darkness swept overhead. Shards of black-frozen rain fell from above, a dark mist pouring down from the heavens into a billowing cloud. From the darkness a figure emerged, his large antler-like horns rising up through the darkness, and piercing his large hooded cowl. His face was partially shrouded. He appeared to not be entirely physical... a phantom of sorts. The silver haired creature rose up from the dark mists as it begun to dissipate. The Devil-Spirit was familiar, the figure who had been within Cathedral Ruin until he had vanished with Kal'Fel before the strange encounter with Rain.
    *** Nelrin'Fel Has Entered The Game

    A void of grey light struck out through the air. A figure floated forth, carried by ghostly skeletal hands of pale light. A great billowing veil of living shadow danced upon her shoulders. A massive black clawed arm of black burning light at her side, great wings of leathery black dragon wings upon her back. She levitated down to the grassy earth, her skeletal attendants were dismissed in a silent gust of wind.

    *** Nadia Vorns Has Entered The Game

    (* Nelrin/Nadia Enter During Kal's Speech)
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    Nadia Vorns, the Stillborn Drake

    Nadia alights softly on the ground, quickly scanning her surroundings.
    Magister, it is good that you are safe.
    She glares at Kal'Fel.
    Death sent me here. She suspects that Life is behind Mirren's return. We need to summon the Petrichoir before she is able to destroy everything.
    She glances down at her hand.
    ****. Apparently Death was in a hurry and forgot to let me actually grab that damned shard.
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    Kestal'Fel

    Seeing Nadia appear in a flash, the succubus quickly moves to embrace her, relieved that she seems to be alright. The four from Golarion are the closet thing she has to family, aside from her other half, but with Koriah's apparent indifference and Jeska's unconsciousness, that only left Nadia as an emotional outlet. It certainly wasn't because Koriah saw their fun as a simple fling and was going to be much harder to manipulate in the long term than the much more emotionally vulnerable Nadia, not at all. "Check your pockets," the succubus tells her when she draws away after her dragon complains about not grabbing the shard, "Things like that have a bad habit of turning up on us even if we didn't have the chance to grab them."

    Wait, I know what we have to do! Telling Kestal her plan gets her other half to smile, and she happily relinquishes control to the Magister.

    Eris

    Still upset, but having had a moment to collect herself and think, Eris knows what she has to do, and she presents the crystal shard to the man, tossing it at his feet as the Lord Raven did. "Seal The Petrichor until the Blessed Chosen stand before its gate. After that is done, let me speak to the Son of Misery," she says, sighing in relief should he accept the first term, That should buy us all the time we could ask for. Now, what else should I try to get...Dark said that souls couldn't be made indestructible, but...maybe there's something I could ask for that would keep us from being destroyed so easily, think, how do I word that request?

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    Nadia Vorns, The Stillborn Drake

    Nadia reaches back and checks her bag, it being the only real place with pockets she carries.
    So, what did I miss? Where are the Venture Captain and the Lord Raven?
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    "And," she pauses... "The Keeper was slaughtered before we came here, and my other half," Kestal's soul waves cheerily, though few, if any, can see it, "has been told she should not exist and that we need to 'realign the scales' so that this Legacy will tolerate her existence. Can you do either of these things?"
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    The man stood silently still staring at the sky. "No. Kal'Fel. We have not met before. But you know me very well... I've nothing to offer those without tribute." The light of the world still cloaked his image.

    Kal's sight pierced the rays of the sun. His true sight breaking past the last and the grass... Before him stood a man with long silvered hair tied neatly behind himself and reaching down to his knee. Behind him stood himself. His old self, long ago when he was still Akoda. He saw a field of millions of figures stretched out all around himself, surrounding all of them, covering this seemingly empty world with countless figures... Familiar friends and enemies. Chaos, Seiya, Kole'fein, Ari, Faeris, Damien, D'eith, Dark, Karn, Imor'tl, Barro, Sorrow, Night, May, Heather, Gelpmen, Mel, Marries. Adair, Ellie, Soji, Mjrn, Nariko... countless, countless people he had known, and most he had never seen before... All surrounding him, like strange reflections of spirits. He could see every reflection of himself, past and present. His family and his friends long dead.

    The Magister stepped before the man, tossing the crystal at his feet listening to her two requests. He did not move, just spoke, as if to the sky. " Very well. The First is done." He paused at the next request. " Very well..." He did not turn about, though he moved. The world moved about her as if the entire plane was on a spinning disk. She stood before the man, facing him, though the sun still glared blindingly in her face. " ...Ask him what you will. " The man listened to her words before speaking in his monotone pitch. " The fist, a minor task. Though you speak of The Keeper of Cathedral Ruin. He yet lives. Thus, there remains nothing to restore. However, I imagine you direct that request to the body of The Keeper of Cathedral Ruin, and the soul who inhabited it. The son of Tansel'ri, Siviri. If this is your request. It shall be done. However, to the second. I cannot do as you ask. But as per your second request. The Dark Son of Misery advises you to seek the mother of Kestal'Fel. That it is within her ability to meet such a demand." He paused as if in waiting. " Will that be all? "

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    Nadia Vorns, the Stillborn Drake

    Nadia steps forward, tossing the shard Death had given her to the ground before the figure and looking it straight in the eyes.
    Death has come to claim your debt.
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    Eris

    Nodding, So, it looks like we need to go see our 'Mother' after all.
    Yes, but at least now we know she can solve the issue...though we'd both rather avoid being bound to her.


    "Then yes, please, restore the soul of Siviri along with the body of the Keeper of the Cathedral Ruin. He may not have been a friend, but he was helpful, and I did enjoy his company, as irritating as it may've been. I can't let him stay dead when he died saving us if I have the chance to fix it."

    Bowing, and remembering that the Keeper referred her to the Son of Misery, she pulls out one of the coins he gave her, "But Siviri, when speaking of how to fix my other half's problem gave me this and told me to speak with you. How can you help me make this Legacy accept us?"



    Her primary task done, she turns to Nadia, raising her eyebrow when she claims she's here on Death's behalf, but answers her previous question as Kestal mentally reconnects with her. "The Lord Raven and Koriah have already left, they should be at the Citadel by now."
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    Nelrin'Fel

    Looking around wildly checking for himself,looking for physicality, but to his dismay there was nothing there. He was still just a spirit. He silently curses to himself in a blind rage toward his mother. Saying aloud; "Hmm this is an interesting turn of events..."
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    The man looked down upon the fragment The Weaver had tossed to his feet, then he looked upon her after a moment of silence " ...Very well. My Debt is paid." He turned his head, his attention being drawn away to the Magister. " The Dark Son of Misery bids you keep your tribute. He says to speak to your mother to be made whole, but to beware. As you now walk upon the path as he. He says ' The Second Cycle cannot be undone ' ...." He paused. " ...I do not know what this means. As there is no 'Second Cycle'. He will not speak upon it further." He raised a hand " ...As for your final request. It is done." A flash of light from the sun streamed across the grassy planes.

    The light blackened and became a void. Darkness expanded, then dispersed. As if a vacuum was suddenly opened, a great gust of air ripped forth as a man was dropped to the grass. The agonized screaming was deafening, his body writhed about. The whites of his eyes showing, the orbs rolled back in his head. The dark void collapsed with a thundering crash. A shard of silver light fell from the sky and entered his chest. His body suddenly bowed, in one gasping breath, as if something missing had been restored. The seizures ceased and the man lay upon the grass for a brief moment staring into the sky, then blinking confused one or twice before rising to his feet. He brushed himself off, looking about. "Oh... Oh Dear. The Dawning? " He looked around. "...I suppose that means I lost? I could have sworn I had her. " He cleared his throat, taking a check of those about him. "Ah, the Dear Girl. Wonderful. Greatly appreciative of the, erm. Assistance. Ah, and you Grey." He turned to the man in the dawn-light tossing a coin at his feet. " Huelar-Renor D'Nossta, if you please. Keep the change." The man nodded. " It is done." The Keeper clapped his hands. "My. My. Well that was the most unquestionably, indescribably horrific death as of yet!" He clenched his fist from his formerly missing hand a number of times. "Well, now... Shouldn't you all be off to The Citadel, working on removing that nasty little girl from my Cathedral? Quite troublesome you know. You need to pass their Cathedral Ruin for most of your commuting from place to place, you know. Very troublesome. " He shook a finger at the Magister; "Ah, and you! I'm so glad you've yet to leave." He tossed her another emerald coin. "It'll only work once, but it will be all you will require for your whole 'calamity predicament'. I no longer am a Keeper, thus I can assist you more.. directly. Request a Quortek Zha'linth of 'Magister Kestal'rah - Eris', to be held within The Dawning by our Dear Friend here. Your mother has taken a slight change in prerogatives and is very determined to keep her Children in line, you see. Thus she will be able to mend you while she possesses her complete power, and repair the damage the fool Valga'Fel... er, or was it Valpurga now? ... Repair the damage the fool Valpurga created by recreating a Calamity and an Edge in a paradox, then having the gall to step out of The Warren. Honestly. You're fortunate you've been in 'tolerant company'. Otherwise I'm sure you'd have been put down like a stray animal by now. " He cleared his throat again, putting his hands behind his back, and beginning to pace about her. "...I digress. In any case. She can realign you into a true Dual-Soul, revert the Edge, re-write the Calamity, and convert it into a True D'Nossta. Problem solved... Or so I would like to say. However!" He raised a finger up dramatically. "Your mother will not so readily settle just for that alone. I imagine, she will try to do all this, to protect you, but in turn attempt to convert our Lovely Magister, into a reflection of Kestal. Which isn't to say, that this is 'not' the case already. But to create a reflection, in the inverse, from your own soul's shadow, AFTER your metamorphosis would convert your other half into a Child as well. Kestal'Fel cannot disobey the commands of her mother, but as a Dual-Soul, you are still above her influence. Should you become a Child through-and-through. Your neutrality and ability to live beyond the desires of your family... which is not to say they are 'bad'... will be stripped from you. Ensuring Mother-Dearest can keep you on a short-and-lovingly-tight, leash. THUS!" His finger goes into the air again shaking while looking at the ground walking circles around the women, lost in his rant. "This will occur, we cannot change that! But we can create a Memory within The Dawning, which you can recover AFTER the fact to replace the re-created soul of our Lovely Magister, who would be the reflection of her former Shadow, who is now a Child... who is also a Child as well... yes.. yes.." He looked up from his ranting. "So... did you catch all that Dear Girl? You've work to do! Best set your contingencies now, so you can win back my Cathedral.. err, and well... get rid of that pesky Angel." He put his hands behind his back, then quickly pat himself down. "...Did Kole'Fein run off with my knife?"
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    Eris

    With Siviri's return and the unexpected change in the fact that he's no longer bound by the rules he was as Keeper, Eris can't help but smile as someone finally gives her a direct, complete answer with an explanation. It's impossible to feign the genuine sincerity for which she expresses her thanks to him, though the words are simple. Finally! A path that doesn't require guesswork! Though...Not sure how comfortable I'll be even if being bound like that is only temporary. And what if Mother compels us not to restore me, should she find out?
    Actually, that's a good point, ask him.

    "I can't thank you enough, but I have a question. If Mother can command us and keep us on a tight leash once we do this...what's stopping her from just preventing us from retrieving my 'Quortek Zha'linth'? Or will we have to trust that she's otherwise occupied?"

    "And yes, I believe he does still have your knife."


    Turning back to the man she'd been bargaining with, she offers him the green coin, "I'm requesting a Quortek Zha'linth of 'Magister Kestal'rah - Eris'." Too much can happen too quickly, I don't want to lose the chance.
    I agree.
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    Nadia Vorns, the Stillborn Drake

    Nadia looks at the Magister.
    Now, I would like an explanation. I know that you were Magister Kestal'Rah when Sir Roland was taken and you became my charge. But you seem to be something else as well.
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    Turning to Nadia, she nods. "I suppose I haven't had much of a chance to explain, have I? Though the truth is we only barely understand it ourselves. Either way, you deserve to know everything, so I'll do my best."

    "Though I imagine I can make all of this much simpler for you to understand than she can." Kestal says directly to Nadia and allowing everyone else in her harem to hear.

    "I'm Magister Kestal'Rah, yes, we met on the way to Heidmarch Manor and Sir Roland Morre Kaddren left me as your charge when we fled to the Undercity. You were there for that much, but things get confusing so it might be best to refresh your memory," she explains before recapping the incident with Arch-Magister Black to the point where she passed out, "After that, I awoke in a placed called 'Old Quortek V'dre' which I think translates to the 'Haven of Rebirth' and also the place we were at before...and now, I suppose, this 'Soul Warren'. In any case, there I met with several of the Children, including Sinofel or Valpurga, depending on what name you want to use, who...explaining would cause anyone not familiar with temporal theories a headache, so moving on from that there was also the woman who attacked us at the Manor and the Lady of Mornings, whose proper name I now believe to be Rhis."

    "She does like to talk when she actually knows something, doesn't she? There's a much simpler way to explain all of this."


    Ignoring Kestal's interjection, Eris continues uninterrupted, "In any case, they told me what needed to be done to save our world and sent me back, but not before Valpurga used his sword to create a 'Dual-Soul Calamity' which, apparently, wasn't exactly something that he's supposed to do, though at the time I didn't consider the implications of it being a 'Calamity' since there were more pressing issues. That's when they sent me back, except not as the Tiefling Magister Kestal'Rah, but as the newly reborn Child Kestal'Fel. This is where things become...muddy," she says. "I need to go back a little for this to make sense, but you deserve the whole truth."

    "It's really not that complicated if you don't try to suss out all the minutiae. If you want the compressed version, I'll tell you."

    "My, that is to say, the Magister's, Shadow was always...different. We did not interact long, so you may not have noticed, but my shadow did not silhouette my body. It had more pronounced demonic features, the sort of shadow that would match this body, rather than my previous one. Additionally, she didn't mirror my movements. Rather than simply blocking light with where I moved, she had a mind of her own and was very...energetic," the Magister says with a slight blush, not sure how to describe that delicately, "Even by my standards. I don't remember exactly when I realized that she was alive, but when I discovered Our Lady in Shadow and started to perform my nightly rituals, the herb I was using had an interesting effect. It seemed to let her take over our body for a little under an hour. Anyway, naturally this made me curious, but I never quite got the opportunity to research the topic properly, though I still suspect that at the time, being what I was, she was the more demonic part of my soul that couldn't be contained by my mortal form. However," she says getting back to the more recent past, "When we were reborn as Kestal'Fel, this body was much stronger. She, that is, my Shadow, was born, and I believe I should have faded from existence there. Thanks to Valpurga performing the Dual-Soul Calamity at the same time though, things played out...differently. Though I suppose it's possible that I should have remained me and Kestal should not have come into being in the first place, though the difference is purely academic to us."

    "Put simply; I was always around, but until our 'rebirth' I couldn't do anything on my own power. And gods was it boring, we rarely did anything fun when she was in charge, though she seems to have loosened up a little now."

    "Whatever the case, I, the Magister, was overwhelmed at the time. I was aware of what we were doing, but everything I was thinking and feeling was because for a brief moment, Kestal'Fel and I were one and the same. I couldn't separate her thoughts and feelings from my own. I didn't even know they were separate for a while," she says. Looking to Nadia's feet, she can't help but smile as she remembers the pleasure...before frowning and being unable to meet Nadia's gaze as she recalls how that came about. "It wasn't until after we had...enjoyed ourselves and had a moment to calm down that I started to pull myself back together."

    "In other words, our night was so amazing that you, Koriah, and Jeska managed to pleasure her back into existence. Ignore the frown, she just feels guilty because she's worried of what you must think of us for that," Kestal says, wanting to mislead Nadia, but also curious enough about what might happen if she knew the truth to maybe make her push the topic and get Eris to fess up...or dig herself deeper into the lie.

    "Since then, we've been...sorting things out. The time we spent walking trying to get to that place let us sort out our subconsciousnesses from each other. Now, as far as we can tell, when we were 'reborn' and split apart, rather than being two halves of a soul, we each became complete on our own. That is to say, this body is inhabited and controlled by I, Eris, Magister Kestal'Rah, and by me, Kestal'Fel, who thinks this explanation has gone on for too long," she says rolling her eyes before handing back control. "We're...two different people, but at the same time, we're not. Though we think that the other would survive if something were to happen to one of us, we can't help but think of each other as a part of ourself. She is me, and I am her. I know, I'm making a mess of this explanation, but it's hard to put into words."

    "Again, to make it much easier; We're two different minds in one body, but we see the other as half of us, even if we don't always agree, rather than as someone else."

    "Did you understand all of that?" she asks, looking uncertain that she'd managed to explain it properly.
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    She nods her way through the explanation.
    I think I get it. At least close enough. I do need to apologize for my behavior that night. I was entirely out of line.
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    Her eyes going wide, Eris shakes her head emphatically, "No! You shouldn't ever apologize for that. That night was...for everything that we had endured that day, what we had together was worth enduring it all again a thousand times over," she says. "It's us who owe you an apology, anyway," she says looking away.

    This time, Kestal speaks only to Nadia so that not even Eris can hear her, "Do you see what I mean? She's gotten it into her head that we took advantage of you. She loved what we did together as much as I did, and it was the best night of my life. This is why I want you to 'surprise' her with that thing," though it can't be seen, it's obvious by her tone that Kestal is smiling, "She wants to be with you, I want to be with you, and I think you want to be with us, but she's so worried about that that she won't act on it. But if you take her by surprise like that then she'll have to accept that you're happy about that night."
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    Nadia looks perplexed.
    Why would you be apologizing? You were overwhelmed by that demon, weren't you? You were hardly in control of your actions.

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    Stay out of my mind, parasite.
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    Biting her lip, she shakes her head, resolving not to tell Nadia the truth now.

    Why not? She'd never blame you for it now, it'd all be on me.
    Exactly, and when she finally accepted the truth she'd hate us both. Even if she didn't, she'd never forgive you, not if she found out now. I...I can't accept that...
    Ah, sweetheart, this is why the two of us are soulmates.


    Done teasing her other half, Kestal sends a general feeling of pain at being rejected so harshly to Nadia without saying anything, her actual emotion rather than a fabricated one, as the Lieutenant was one of the first faces that she ever truly saw, making her an important person to her, especially now that all the others were either gone or comatose.

    "That's not fair. She's not just some 'demon' any more than I was. She's been trying to help us all since our rebirth, in case you don't remember. She was trying to save our world and...maybe we shouldn't have done what we did, but...she does genuinely care about us. Kestal isn't some demon trying to manipulate us or kill us. She's me, and she's your friend."
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    The dragonborn's face is still a mask of confusion.
    I hardly see how that was vital to saving our world. In fact, as far as I could tell, we were lucky to manage it in time.

    Mentally, Nadia relays one, single word.
    Liar.
    And with that, she severs the mental connection between herself and the demon.
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    Though she was about to speak up, Eris is interrupted. Let me talk to her in person. Glancing to the side, nods, wondering just what her other half had in mind, not realizing what Nadia had said telepathically as they swapped.

    Kestal'Fel

    There's no visible difference in form as the Child takes over their body, but the change in demeanor is sudden and obvious. Where Eris was defensive, Kestal is visibly pained, her hand subtly twitching and her eyes watering at being cut off from one of the very few people who she'd known and even smaller number of the same whom she'd honestly liked. "Liar?! The only one of us who's lied is you! We both know what you wanted that night, and we both know you loved every moment of it, but you were so busy lying to yourself about it that I had to Charm you to make you realize it!"

    WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!
    If she wants the truth, fine! She can have it!
    She's not going to forgive you, please, stop!


    To torn on the issue herself, Eris isn't sure if she didn't try to force control away from Kestal, or if she did and failed to do it. Either way, the demonic half makes its case.

    Undeterred, Kestal takes a deep, shuddering breath and continues in a quiet voice, letting her real feelings out in full force for the first time. "For twenty one years, I couldn't do anything but sit and watch as we lived our life, and then, after all that time, I can finally, do what I wanted to do. I could help the people or hurt them as I wished, I could associate with who. But no, I can't even do what I want then, can I? Because the entire world was going to end, and I couldn't just let everything be destroyed but at least I was with some interesting people. Then everything's better and I finally had a little freedom, and you know what I wanted to do? I wanted to have fun and enjoy bliss with people I liked. Do you know who I chose then? You, and Jeska, and Koriah, and that stuck up dhampir Avaricious, and you were resisting, so maybe I did Charm you, but you know what? A Charm can't force you to do things you don't want to. That's what my other half couldn't accept, that's why she can't look you in the eye for long. She's terrified of what you must think of us for raping you, but the truth is, you did want it, all I did was push the other issues aside! And then, after that, while we were traveling, I was still helping you all. Do you know why we're still here? Do you think we didn't have any other options? The truth is, we didn't. Not because we weren't given the choice, but because making that choice would've meant abandoning you and her," she points to Jeska, her hand shaking and her eyes watering enough at this point that tears steadily begin to fall as she lowers her hand. "And neither of us were willing to do that. But no, I guess that must not've happened, because I'm just a demon, aren't I? A monster that goes around doing whatever it wants, and the Magister is just a poor sap whose fallen for my forked tongue," she says, her voice cracking partway through and her eyes falling downward, too drained emotionally to keep her gaze.
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